Spencer Turnbull
Spencer Turnbull
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Detroit Tigers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
You have to feel for a guy who posts a 3.99 FIP and goes 3-17 on the season over 30 starts. Turnbull had a 22.3 K% last year, but the 9.0 BB% led to a high WHIP. Around those issues, he had nine quality starts and had eight starts where he struck out at least seven batters. He lives off his fastball and breaking balls, which help him hold righties at bay, as they have a .234/.325/.380 slash line against him in the majors. Lefties fare better against him (.296/.364/.432) because Turnbull has yet to come up with an effective pitch that either fades away or cuts in. He has worked on a cutter to give him something against lefties, but either that pitch or finding a changeup is needed for him to narrow his splits. He is better than his W-L record indicates, but there is still room for improvement. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $556,100 contract with the Tigers in March of 2019.
Records stellar spring
PDetroit Tigers
April 5, 2020
Turnbull finished Grapefruit League play with a minuscule 0.82 ERA and 13 strikeouts across 11 innings of work.
ANALYSIS
Turnbull had a similarly strong spring a year ago, then went on to post a 4.61 ERA across 30 regular-season starts, though his 3.99 FIP suggests that he was victim to a little bad luck. The 27-year-old is locked in as Detroit's No. 2 starter and could take a big step forward in his second full season in the majors, whenever it is able to begin.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
89
Last 10 Games
89
Last 5 Games
86
How many pitches does Spencer Turnbull generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .296 379 72 30 100 19 3 7
Since 2017vs Right .234 346 89 33 71 18 1 8
2019vs Left .298 341 64 28 90 17 3 7
2019vs Right .234 315 82 31 64 17 1 7
2018vs Left .278 38 8 2 10 2 0 0
2018vs Right .241 31 7 2 7 1 0 1
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-22%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-73%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.33 1.52 82.2 0 12 0 9.5 3.4 0.9
Since 2017Away 4.17 1.32 82.0 3 7 0 8.1 3.5 0.8
2019Home 4.92 1.51 78.2 0 11 0 9.7 3.4 0.9
2019Away 4.26 1.35 69.2 3 6 0 7.9 3.7 0.8
2018Home 13.50 1.75 4.0 0 1 0 4.5 2.3 0.0
2018Away 3.65 1.14 12.1 0 1 0 9.5 2.2 0.7
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Spencer Turnbull compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.47
 
K/9
8.9
 
BB/9
3.6
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
4.61
 
WHIP
1.44
 
BABIP
.340
 
GB/FB
1.80
 
Left On Base
65.7%
 
Exit Velocity
89.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.0%
 
Spin Rate
2357 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.6%
 
Swinging Strike
10.9%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Turnbull earned his first big-league callup in September, starting three games for the Tigers and appearing in another one in relief. He struggled to a 6.06 ERA, a result that isn't too surprising considering he'd only ever made two starts at the Triple-A level prior to his promotion. His underlying numbers in his small sample were actually quite promising, as he struck out a roughly average 21.7% of batters while walking just 5.8%, leading to a 2.85 FIP. His true talent undoubtedly lies somewhere in the large space between his ERA and FIP. On a rebuilding Tigers team, he may be given the chance to show what he can do over a larger sample. The 26-year-old didn't project as anything more than a back-end starter as a prospect, with poor control and no standout secondary pitches.
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Allows first run of spring
PDetroit Tigers
March 6, 2020
Turnbull allowed one run across three innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies. He gave up one hit and two walks, while striking out three.
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Sharp again Sunday
PDetroit Tigers
March 1, 2020
Turbull pitched three scoreless innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees. He allowed one hit and struck out three.
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Looks good in spring debut
PDetroit Tigers
February 25, 2020
Turnbull pitched two scoreless innings in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. He did not allow a hit or a walk while striking out four.
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Strikes out seven in loss
PDetroit Tigers
September 29, 2019
Turnbull (3-17) gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out seven through 5.1 innings to take the loss against the White Sox on Sunday.
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Takes tough-luck loss Tuesday
PDetroit Tigers
September 24, 2019
Turnbull (3-16) took the loss Tuesday against the Twins, as he allowed two runs across six innings. He gave up six hits and two walks while striking out five.
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