High school reunion
Once rivals in high school, they’re now potential teammates in the big leagues.
Two-time All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla once played high school baseball against reliever Derrick Turnbow, who is striving to make the roster on a Minor League contract.
Both played prep ball in Tennessee.
Turnbow attended Franklin High, while Uggla was at Columbia Central High.
When Uggla was a junior, he faced Turnbow, then a senior. A number of scouts were on hand to watch Turnbow.
Uggla remembers hitting a double.
“That’s the only hit I ever got off him,” Uggla said.
Turnbow, though, struck Uggla out twice in that game. From what Uggla recalls, Columbia pulled out a close win, despite having three hits.
At the big league level, Uggla has three plate appearances against Turnbow. Twice he struck out, and he also drew a walk.
– Joe Frisaro