WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes acquired left-handed pitcher Kylin Turnbull and infielder Kevin Lachance on Monday.
Turnbull was 4-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 13 starts last season for the expansion Chicago Dogs. The Seattle, Washington native struck out 40, while walking only eight in 64.1 innings pitched. Turnbull allowed three or fewer earned runs in 10 of his 13 starts, and walked one or zero batters in 12 of them. The 29-year-old was 3-0 with a 3.34 ERA over his final six outings, which included a complete game, four-hit victory versus Fargo-Moorhead on June 29th. Turnbull’s acquisition completes the May 15th trade in which the Goldeyes sent outfielder Jonathan Moroney to Chicago in exchange for future considerations.
“I’m very excited to add both of these quality players,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Kylin is a strike-throwing left-hander that I had a chance to see last year. In my opinion, he could potentially be one of the top left-handers in the league.”
Turnbull is entering his sixth season of professional baseball, and is 19-21 lifetime with a 4.49 ERA in 81 games, 64 of them as a starting pitcher. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Turnbull was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fourth round in 2011 out of Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara, California). In 335.0 professional innings, Turnbull has struck out 220 and walked only 79. Turnbull has issued two or fewer free passes in 57 of his 64 career starts. During his time in Washington’s organization, Turnbull helped the Potomac Nationals win the High-A Carolina League championship in 2014. Turnbull then missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to injury before returning to the mound in 2017.
Lachance appeared in 37 games last season for the Frontier League’s Lake Erie Crushers before having his campaign cut short in late-June due to injury. The Clifton, Virginia native hit .267 with 16 runs scored, two home runs, 18 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. Lachance finished with a .342 on-base percentage, and compiled a .971 fielding percentage between the second base and shortstop positions. Lachance is heading into his third professional season, but will be classified as an American Association rookie in 2019.
“Kevin is very athletic, and super fast,” said Forney. “He has a lot of versatility in his game, both offensively and defensively.”
Lachance was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round in 2016 out of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (Catonsville, Maryland). The 6-foot-3, 185-pound infielder hit a combined .301 with nine home runs and 87 RBI in 198 collegiate games during his four years with the Retrievers. Lachance drew 94 walks during his college career, while striking out just 90 times. The 24-year-old earned America East All-Conference honours as a senior in 2016. A right-handed batter and fielder, Lachance helped the Ogden Raptors win the Rookie Pioneer League championship in 2017. Lachance hit .258 with a .387 on-base percentage for Ogden during the regular season before posting a .462 average in the playoffs. Lachance was acquired from Lake Erie to complete the April 27th trade that sent outfielder Dalton Wheat to the Crushers in exchange for a player to be named later.
The Goldeyes also signed outfielder James Harris to a contract. Harris was voted the Frontier League’s 2018 Most Valuable Player, and was acquired on October 23rd in exchange for Jordan Ebert. Harris is the first player officially signed to a contract for the 2019 season.
Additionally, infielder Matt McCann has retired from professional baseball. McCann hit .258 with a .375 on-base percentage for the Goldeyes in 70 games last year. The Princeton, New Jersey native batted .343 over his final 18 contests before his season ended due to injury in August.
American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 4th.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2019 season on May 16th on the road against the Texas AirHogs. The Goldeyes’ 2019 home opener is scheduled for Friday, May 24th versus the Kansas City T-Bones. 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets are on sale now. For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com