Josh Turley is so close to the majors, he can taste it.
The former Baylor All-American has been well-traveled this season in the minors, beginning in advanced Single-A with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, posting a 0.80 ERA in 33.2 innings while allowing opposing hitters to hit at a pedestrian .190 clip.
His low-ball success earned him a promotion to the Erie Seawolves, the Double-A club for the Tigers. Turley had his ups and downs in his short time there, allowing over 5.5 runs per nine innings without grabbing a win.
But Turley got the call from Detroit’s Triple-A squad, the Toledo Mud Hens, after just four days at Erie and hasn’t looked back.
The southpaw has appeared in four games for the Hens, posting a 2.45 ERA in 22 frames, placing him fourth on the team with a minimum of 20 innings pitched. His Aug. 8 start saw Turley fire 6 innings of one-run baseball against Syracuse, scattering five hits while striking out two.
At Baylor in 2012, Turley posted a 9-1 record with a 1.96 ERA in 110.0 innings over 17 starts for the season. His 1.96 ERA was the fifth-lowest by a Baylor pitcher during the aluminum-bat era, and his 9-1 record gave him the best winning percentage by a junior in program history.
Turley also led the Big 12 with a 1.92 ERA in league play, and his 6-0 record in Big 12 play trailed only Jason Jennings’ 9-0 conference season in 1999. Turley was drafted in the 16th round in 2012 by the Tigers.
Muncy shredding pitching at Triple-A
Is Max Muncy on the verge of another late-season call-up?
The former Baylor infielder is crushing it in Triple-A for the Dodgers, hitting .293 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs.
Muncy was called up as a member of the Athletics three separate times in 2016, where he saw his batting average hover around the .200 mark. At age 27, Muncy is hoping to make the 40-man roster for the playoff-bound Dodgers, as rosters expand Sept. 1.