The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Monday afternoon that they have claimed left-handed pitcher Nik Turley from the Minnesota Twins. The 28-year-old Turley made his Major League debut in 2017, posting an 11.21 ERA and 2.15 WHIP in 17.2 innings over three starts and seven relief appearances. He is out of options going into 2018.
Turley was drafted in the 50th round by the New York Yankees in 2008 out of high school, so he really put in a lot of time over ten seasons to go from one of the final draft picks in 2008, to a Major League player in 2017. He was rated higher in the draft at the time and received a $125,000 signing bonus. The results were obviously very poor for the Twins, with a lot of hits and some home run issues. During his minor league career, which has been spent mostly as ...
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