Big spring for Miami Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner. If you remember last season, Turner pitched himself out of the rotation with an awful spring. The Marlins optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans, where he spent two months before returning to the big league club. He finished 3-8 with a 3.74 ERA.
Through his first 14 starts (87 1/3 innings), Turner's ERA sat at 2.89. He limped to the finish, losing four consecutive decisions, including each of his last three starts, with a 6.16 ERA.
Turner, who doesn't turn 23 until May, is out of minor league options, meaning before the Marlins could send him to the minors he would have to clear waivers. Barring another catastrophic spring, is all but assured a rotation spot. He'll have to earn it, considering the Marlins are loaded with major-league ready starting pitchers.