Turner started two prominent showcase events last summer, first taking the ball for the West squad at the Aflac All-American Classic, and then doing so again a week later at the Under Armour game at Wrigley Field. He looked a lot better during the Aflac game, but many of the pitchers looked worn down at the Under Armour event, which is no surprise after a long summer of performing at a high level, not to mention the travel involved. Turner also made a pair of starts for the USA Baseball 18U National Team, dominating the opposition by striking out 19 batters in just over 10 innings of work. I had the chance to see Turner in person last February as he attended the Perfect Game Indoor Showcase, where he showed perhaps the easiest and fastest arm in the nation, and that included the talented '08 prep pitchers that were also in attendance. He is a very similar pitcher to Tim Melville (who also hailed from Missouri), in that he has a very big, strong yet projectable build, and he is a fine overall athlete. Like Melville, he also commands the strike zone very well with his fastball, which sits in the low 90s and can touch 94. In addition to his command, his fastball has some nice, sinking life to it. He has great mound presence and works off of his fastball perfectly. Turner also throws a mid-70s curveball that is a plus pitch, as well as a really nice changeup. He commands his entire repertoire very well. His windup is slow and patient, but his arm is incredibly fast, as he uses his entire body well in generating velocity, with very good overall pitching mechanics. Signability likely will be an issue with Turner, who has committed to North Carolina and plans on using Scott Boras as his advisor. He presents the best package of upside and refinement of any prep pitcher available for the 2009 draft.
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