ST. LOUIS Around here, the name Jacob Turner used to be synonymous with speed.
It wasn't that long ago that Turner, now a right-handed starter for the Miami Marlins, threw 98 mile-per-hour fastballs to any Westminster Christian Academy catcher brave enough to crouch behind the plate.
Back then, if you happened to pick the right day to go watch, you might have even found Mike Matheny, now manager for the St. Louis Cardinals, sitting nearby, thinking of advice to offer the St. Charles native who happened to be high school teammates with his son.
Matheny will tell you he knew in 2009 that Turner, then a senior, had the makings of a major leaguer. And he was right. But here's what's interesting: The kid's most-impressive weapon then that heater that registered two ticks south of triple digits wasn't in Turner's arsenal when he faced the Cardinals in St. Louis for the first time as a pro Friday night.
"He was throwing harder in high school," Matheny said before Turner's start. "But, he...