ERIK TURGEON
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
  Born: March 25, 1987
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 25th round, 764th overall, 2008 (Mets)
How Acquired: Minor league free agent
College: University of Connecticut
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Turgeon is the son of Dave Turgeon, who manages State College in the Pirates’ system.  At the time he was drafted, Turgeon threw an 89-91 mph fastball and a good curve.  He’s been used exclusively as a reliever so far.  The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal at the beginning of August.

2008
R+:  1-0-2, 4.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 6.2 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 10.8 K/9
A-:  0-1-1, 2.76 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 16.1 IP, 2.8 BB/9, 12.7 K/9

Turgeon served as a short reliever in his debut and struck out a lot of batters.

2009
A-:  1-0-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 15.0 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 6.6 K/9
A:  1-1-3, 3.18 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 11.1 IP, 8.7 BB/9, 9.5 K/9

Splitting his time between short and full season ball, Turgeon wasn’t as effective, largely due to control problems.

2010
A:  3-2-1, 1.46 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 37.0 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 7.3 K/9
A+:  2-2-4, 3.56 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 30.1 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 9.5 K/9
AA:  1-0-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 9.1 IP, 5.8 BB/9, 9.6 K/9

Turgeon started back in low A, but by the end of the year made his way to AA.

2011
AA:  5-4-7, 5.33 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 72.2 IP, 2.6 BB/9, 6.4 K/9
AAA:  0-0-1, 27.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 0.1 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 0.0 K/9

In AA, Turgeon mostly struggled, including some modest gopher ball problems (10 in 72.2 innings).

2012
A+ (Pgh):  1-0-0, 0.90 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 10.0 IP, 5.4 BB/9, 9.9 K/9
AA (NYM): 1-3-0, 7.40 ERA, 2.26 WHIP, 24.1 IP, 4.4 BB/9, 8.1 K/9
AA (Pgh):  1-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 0.0 K/9

Turgeon missed the first month of the season with a leg injury, then pitched only sporadically after that in AA.  He struggled when he pitched and the Mets released him in late July.  After the Pirates signed him, he pitched once for Altoona, then half a dozen times for Bradenton.  Not surprisingly, considering his experience level, he had little trouble at the latter stop.

Turgeon isn’t eligible for minor league free agency yet, so he should return in 2013.  He’ll probably be in the bullpen at Altoona or Bradenton.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2013: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2008
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2014
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2008: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 25th round, 764th overall pick.
July 27, 2012: Released by the New York Mets.
August 2, 2012: Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.
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