Houston Astros: Four starting pitchers that could be considered
By James Wehr
Spencer Turnbull: Detroit Tigers – Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
As we stay in Detroit, we avert the gaze from the left-handed Boyd to the equally effective and deadly Spencer Turnbull.
The 26-year-old power pitcher is a very intriguing option that not many people are talking about. Mainly due to the aforementioned Boyd. Turnbull has with him a commanding fastball, topping out at 95 MPH that spins at 2,400 RPM. In contrast, Gerrit Cole sits at 2,521 RPM. Trevor Bauer sits at 2,313 RPM and the league average is 2,284.
Turnbull also mixes in a changeup, cutter, slider combo to be deadly effective. His season average currently sits at 3.31 ERA, 8.4 SO/9IP, and a 2.2 pitching WAR.
Through 89.2 innings pitched, Turnbull is giving an output of 84 strikeouts and only surrendering eight home runs.
He is arbitration eligible all the way through the 2021 season, likely increasing the number of prospects it would be to pry away this young righty away from the Tigers. However, on a team that is rebuilding, the investment in Turnbull would be more promising than Boyd.
The downside is, as of June 27th, Turnbull was placed on the 10-Day IL for shoulder fatigue. This could play well into the Astros favor, as Jeff Luhnow has shown a penchant for making late deals near the deadline. Turnbull could have made a full recovery from his injury and be ready to finish out the rest of his season with the Astros in Houston.