Turner key part of Tigers-Marlins deal
July, 23, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
While most fantasy owners will see Monday's five-player trade between the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins, and presume the veteran players heading to the American League will pick up steam statistically, I'm more interested in the top pitching prospect the Marlins acquired. Yes, right-hander Jacob Turner hasn't shown much over six big league starts (three this season and three in 2011), but he's 21 years old. He's got time and now he's leaving for the weaker league and what appears to be (though we need far more evidence) a pitcher's park. There's no guarantee the Marlins give Turner double-digit starts the rest of this season, but I can already picture Turner being on my sleeper list for 2013.
As for right-hander Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante, they are clearly upgrades for the AL Central leaders and worth owning in standard fantasy leagues, but don't get too excited about either player raising his individual performance level. Sanchez ranks 75th on the ESPN Player Rater among starting pitchers, but he's better than that; the lowly five wins (in 19 starts) has affected his value, but we know wins can't be predicted. Sanchez is healthy and on pace for 188 strikeouts.