Thanks to BCBer The Deputy Mayor of Rush Street for giving me this idea -- every day from now to the day pitchers and catchers report to spring training (Thursday, Feb. 19), I'm going to post an article with a Cubs player whose uniform number matches the number of days remaining until that date. If it's a current player (which today's is), I'm hoping to stimulate a little discussion on how that player will do this year.
Today is 38 days until pitchers and catchers report, and the current occupant of No. 38 for the Cubs is Jacob Turner.
Turner was the Tigers' No. 1 draft pick (ninth overall) in 2009 and made the major leagues two years later at age 20. He was thought of highly enough that the Tigers wouldn't include him in a deal rumored to have Matt Garza headed to Detroit the following year. Instead, the Tigers sent him to the Marlins at the trading deadline in 2012 as part of the deal that brought Anibal Sanchez to Detroit.
Turner has had some MLB success, but in general hasn't fulfilled his promise as a No. 1 pick. He is still quite young -- won't turn 24 until May -- and so I think there's still a chance he could become at least a decent major-league starter, or perhaps a bullpen piece. He's out of options, so he'll have to make the 25-man roster this year or be exposed to waivers, where he'd almost certainly be claimed.
What say you?