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New York Yankees Prospect Watch: No. 14 Nik Turley

February 11th, 2013 at 6:00 AM
By Karen Vankat

It's been a long time since lefty Andy Pettitte passed through the New York Yankees farm system. Yankees left handed pitching prospect Nik Turley may be the heir apparent in the very near future.

The 6' 6" 230 lb Turley is a strong lefty with excellent command of both sides of the plate. His imposing frame and the possibility of having four average to plus pitches will make him a very important commodity in the future rotation of this team.

Turley was taken in the 50th round of the 2008 First Year Player Draft and has steadily climbed through the entire Yankees Minor League system. Last year he started with the Tampa Yankees and posted a 9-5 record with an impressive 2.89 ERA. Nik struck out 116 and walked 44 in 112 innings. He pitched one game for Double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder and was selected for the Florida State League Post Season All-Star. 

Turley's fastball was in the high 80's in high school, but as he has matured and gained velocity around 92 mph with a peak at 94. Nik's second best pitch his overhand curve ball can get hitters to swing and miss as it dives into the dirt. His change-up may eventually be his better off speed pitch if he can be more consistent. He can pound the ball consistently down in the zone and with his large frame can be an intimidating sight on the mound. 

To protect him from the Rule 5 draft he was added to the 40-man roster and will start the year in Trenton. If he continues to progress and improve he may see Triple-A Scranton before the year is out and still is probably a year away from his first spring training invite.

The upside is huge, but he does need to improve his pick off move and field his position a little better to round out his total development as a possible Major Leaguer.

 

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Tags: Andy Pettitte, Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Nik Turley, Tampa Yankees, Trenton Thunder

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