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Jacob Turner (Photo: Perfect Game USA)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Jacob Turner
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Westminster HS (Mo.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:5/21/91
Height:6'5"
Weight:210 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):3/30/09
Game(s):Parkway Central HS


Focus Area
Comments
Fastball:Turner's got a good arm and threw his fastball in the 90-92 mph range.
Fastball movement:It was fairly straight and a little up in the zone.
Slider:He threw his slider in the 74-76 mph range. His tendency to be up in the zone affects the effectiveness of the pitch.
Changeup:He did not show a changeup in this outing, though he has thrown it in the past.
Control:Has average high school command, with a slight head jerk that impacts his consistency.
Poise:He's just average on this front. He was a bit animated at times.
Physical Description:Turner is a big right-hander with an athletic look.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Good arm with chance to throw above-average fastball. Strong, athletic build. He shows good direction to the plate with his delivery.
Weaknesses:He only showed two pitches in this outing. His command is inconsistent and he tends to elevate his pitches.
Summary:Turner is what you look for in a high school right-hander -- big, strong and projectable. Thought to be one of the better prep arms in the class, it was unclear whether he'd live up to advanced billing. He has a good arm and there's likely to be more velocity, especially if he can correct some delivery flaws. His secondary pitches lag behind somewhat and his command can be inconsistent as he sometimes elevates his pitches. Still, with his size, athleticism and arm strength, the UNC recruit is likely to garner a lot of interest on Draft day.