Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/18/12

The end of July is approaching, and that means hot weather and baseball trade rumors.

A number of scouts were in Detroit on Tuesday night, supposedly to eyeball top prospect Jacob Turner in his spot start for the Tigers in place of the injured Drew Smyly.

They didn't see much, with Turner giving up three home runs and seven runs in his two innings against the Los Angeles Angels.

However, short-term results aren't all that scouts base their opinions on.

They look for stuff, composure, what fine-tuning needs to be made, things that will give them an indication of just how helpful the object of their attention can be.

Turner has yet to show he can spot his fastball well enough to be successful at the major league level. His breaking ball and changeup aren't at the point they need to be at all the time.

Where he would fit in a major league rotation is something that has yet to play out.

"He needs some more seasoning, I think," manager Jim Leyland said after the Tigers' 13-0 loss. "I wouldn't overreact one way or the other. He will be at the top of a rotation, or close to it, at some point."

Turner, or possibly someone else, will make at least one more start for Smyly.

The subpar outing by Turner points out Detroit's need for a reliable starter, which may account for the presence of some of those scouts, a few of whom perhaps were evaluating whether the rookie pitcher was worth trying to acquire. If Detroit has deemed Turner is not available for inclusion in a trade, the scouts were there for another reason.

They could have been looking at second baseman/outfielder Ryan Raburn.

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