Detroit Tigers prospect Josh Turley has been generating some buzz lately around the Tigers blogosphere. He’s a knuckleball prospect currently in Toledo that could wind up pitching out of the bullpen this season in Comerica Park.
With the MLB draft coming up in the coming weeks, the Athletic wrote a report on six prospects who were found in the third round of the draft. Josh Turley was one of those six prospects.
Despite being a part of the Tigers’ organization since 2012, Turley wasn’t a serious name in prospect conversations until he reinvented himself recently.
Selected in the 16th-round of the 2012 draft out of Baylor, Turley’s arsenal was never one to grab headlines. The southpaw struggled to overpower hitters with a sub-par low-90s fastball and a secondary offering that was below average.
Following his minor league debut, Turley made a fairly quick move up to Class AA in 2014, but he failed to advance beyond that, drifting between Class A Advanced and Class AAA ever since.
Call it a burst of genius or an ultimatum from the front office, but a decision to move the knuckleball that had been hiding in Turley’s back pocket to the forefront may have been the exact thing the 27-year-old was needing.
Daz Cameron posted a two-homer game for the second time in his career earlier this week. The Detroit Tigers 9th ranked prospect hit two bombs and brought in three runs on Wednesday as Lakeland won 8-4 over the Palm Beach Cardinals.
Cameron, who is in his fourth professional season, posted a .271 average with a .815 OPS in 120 games with Class A Quad Cities before the Astros traded him to Detroit as part of the prospect package for Justin Verlander last Aug. 31. It was just in time for the Midwest League playoffs, and Cameron batted .308/.357/.308 in three games for West Michigan.