Sean's one sentence analysis: It's difficult to find lefties that throw hard like Turnbull, and at 6'5", he still has room to add velocity.
Thoughts from the community: "Turnbull is a "projectability pick" based largely on his long, lean frame. His fastball velocity, however, is famously erratic (e.g. can range from 86 to 94 on back-to-back outings). He also throws an inconsistent slider and slow (80-84) splitter. He's been drafted twice now, so the Nats are not alone in wondering what this raw talent might become with some professional tutelage." - Luke Erickson, Nationals Prospects (@nats_prospects)
Previous analysis and notes:
Turnbull threw 80 innings in 2011, striking out 92 batters with just a 2.47 ERA at Santa Barbara CC. The 2010 30th round pick by the White Sox is a reliever whose fastball reached the mid 90's in MPH this year.
Nats.com Roundup: "Turnbull improved his Draft stock after the White Sox took him in the 30th round last year. The 6-foot-4 southpaw throws a fastball around 93 mph and had a 2.47 ERA this season."
From John Sickels, Minor League Ball, 6/14/2011: "Big projectable lefty put up excellent numbers this year, velocity is average but slider and splitter have potential and his velocity could pick up further. Sleeper pick. Oregon commitment."
From Nathan Rode, Baseball America, 6/7/2011: "Faded down the stretch but has lean, loose frame at 6-foot-4, 195. Average fastball but has touched 93-94. Average splitter and fringy slider."
On 6/2/2011, John Sickels named Turnbull as a player he was interested in for his Shadow Draft.
On 5/13/2011, Aaron Fitt of Baseball America tweeted, "Kylin Turnbull's command has been spotty, but he's gotten Ks with fastball, SL (78-81) & SP. Heard he's touched 94 this yr, but 87-91 today."
From John Klima, Baseball Beginnings, 7/3/2010: "A GOOD GET IF YOU CAN SIGN HIM: Santa Barbara City College left-hander Kylin Turnbull threw very well this spring. Many scouts who saw him felt there is much projection left in his arm." (Note that this is from last year's draft).
According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, 4th round pick LHP Kylin Turnbull of Santa Barbara CC has signed for $325,000, about $100,000 above the slot recommendation for the pick.