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

 

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