Best High School Athlete - 2009
While the Cardinals looked high and low for a dominant starting pitcher before this season, one was growing up right in their back yard. Jacob Turner, a six-foot-four right-hander at Westminster Christian Academy, was virtually unhittable in his senior season. He pitched 58 innings, posting a 7-2 record that included six complete games and four shutouts. In his high school career, Turner went 23-5 with a 1.24 ERA and 187 strikeouts. Unfortunately for the Redbirds, the young stud (who throws a 98 mph fastball and a knee-buckling curve) was selected by the Detroit Tigers with the ninth overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft. Turner, who's represented by mega-agent Scott Boras, signed for a reported $5.5 million — bucks befitting a future big-league ace.