TREA VANCE TURNER
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   2B-SS-OF
Home: N/A Team:   NATIONALS
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 185 Throws:   R
DOB: 6/30/1993 Agent: Jeff Barry - CAA Sports
Uniform #: 7  
Birth City: Lake Worth, FL
Draft: Padres #1 - 2014 - Out of No. Carolina State
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2014 MWL FORT WAYNE   46 187 31 69 14 2 4 22 14 3 24 48 .447 .529 .369
2014 NWL EUGENE   23 92 14 21 2 0 1 2 9 1 11 19 .324 .283 .228
2015 NL NATIONALS   27 40 5 9 1 0 1 1 2 2 4 12 .295 .325 .225
2015 IL SYRACUSE   48 188 31 59 7 3 3 15 14 2 13 41 .353 .431 .314
2015 EL HARRISBURG   10 39 6 14 4 1 0 4 4 0 1 8 .366 .513 .359
2015 TL SAN ANTONIO   58 227 31 73 13 3 5 35 11 4 24 48 .385 .471 .322
2016 NL NATIONALS   73 307 53 105 14 8 13 40 33 6 14 59 .370 .567 .342
2016 IL SYRACUSE   83 331 61 100 22 8 6 33 25 2 37 72 .370 .471 .302
2017 NL NATIONALS $555.00 34 145 25 35 9 2 4 21 9 1 5 35 .270 .414 .241
Personal
  • In 2011, Turner graduated from Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida. His senior year, he hit .478 with nine doubles, five triples, one home run, 16 RBIs, 43 runs scored, and 25 steals in 28 attempts.

  • In 2011, Trea was drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round, but he chose to accept a baseball scholarship to North Carolina State. He turned down the Pirates' offer of $500,000 and majored in chemical engineering in college.

  • Turner developed late physically. But one good aspect was that he came tocollege with a sharpened baseball mind. He couldn’t out-muscle or outrun his peers as a kid, so he had to find other ways to make himself a player. His instincts and feel for the game stand out on the field and off it, where his intelligent, thoughtful answers to questions made him a favorite in postgame press conferences.

    “When I was younger, I was always the smallest kid—weak,” Turner said. “I was kind of fast but probably not even the fastest when I was younger, too, and I had to kind of outsmart people and do everything I could to just compete with kids that were bigger and stronger than me. I think that’s helped me.”

  • "I was kind of a smaller guy in high school and needed to go to college, put some weight on, and mature as a player,” the 6-foot-1, 171-pound Turner said.

  • June 2014: Trea was the Padres first round pick in the draft, the 13th player taken overall. He signed quickly with San Diego for a $2.9 million bonus, via scout Tyler Stubblefield.

  • As a freshman in 2012, he terrorized pitchers and catchers, succeeding on his first 29 steal attempts and becoming the first freshman to lead NCAA Division I in swipes (57 in 61 tries).  He played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2012-13.

  • In 2013, he was hampered by an ankle injury but still managed to help the Wolfpack to the College World Series.

  • In 2014, Turner stole 26 bases in 30 attempts while hitting .321/.418/.516. He totaled 14 home runs the last two seasons, leading N.C. State in the category each year.

    Along the way, he fed off criticism about his size and his game.

    “A lot of people have doubted me throughout my life, and I’ve used that as motivation to keep proving people wrong,” he said. "I know it’s only going to get harder and probably more people saying negative things about me,” he said, “but that’s fine. That’s how it is—and I embrace that and I accept the challenge.”

  • Turner needs to add strength to his wiry frame.

  • He tends to wear his emotions on his sleeve.

  • May 2014: Turner and Carlos Rodon became the first three-time All-Americans in NC State Wolfpack baseball history.

  • In 2015, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Turner as the second-best prospect in the Padres organization (even though he'd already been traded to the Nationals).

  • In 2016, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Turner as the second-best prospect (behind only P Lucas Giolito) in the Nationals organization.

  • At NC State, Turner won the Brooks Wallace Award, recognizing him as the top shortstop in the country.

  • In 2015, Turner was invited to play in the Futures Game were he hit a double and triple during the game.

  • Trea highly recommends the 2015 "Straight Outta Compton" film, though his viewing  differed greatly from the average viewer's.

    Roughly 24 hours after his movie-watching experience was interrupted with a phone call breaking the news that he'd been called up to the Major Leagues, Turner made his big league debut with the Nationals.

    "Every debut is good, I would like to say," Turner said. "You can't necessarily have a bad debut, no matter how you play, results, whatever. It was just fun to be out there and I'm excited to go back out there tomorrow."

    Entering the game in the seventh inning, the fans at Nationals Park gave Turner the first of several warm ovations.

    "It's hard for me not to pay attention to a lot of that," he said. "I can hear it, and I see stuff out of the corner of my eyes all the time. It was awesome. It was very cool for me to experience that from the fans." (J Emert - MLB.com - August 22, 2015)

  • They used to tell Trea Turner he wouldn’t make the junior varsity team, or later the varsity team at Park Vista High. They said he couldn’t make his travel ball team, and indeed, he was cut once from the team.

    They said he’d never get a college scholarship, and then they said it wouldn’t be to an Atlantic Coast Conference school, which was his goal. Indeed, Turner and his family set a date for accepting Florida Atlantic’s early, substantial offer. North Carolina State assistant coach Chris Hart called on that morning, and Turner gave FAU coach John McCormick the bad news later in the day.

    They said he wouldn’t get drafted, and not only was Turner drafted, but the Pirates, keyed by then-area scout Rolando Pino, kept upping their offer to convince the 20th round pick in 2011 to sign. But he kept his N.C. State commitment, and became—for me at least—the greatest position player in Wolfpack history, leading the 2013 club, along with roommates Carlos Rodon and Brett Austin, to the College World Series.

    Now they say he can’t play shortstop in pro ball, and in the big leagues. And yet here Turner is, now a member of the Washington Nationals organization, on the cusp of the Majors in Triple-A and playing in the All-Star Futures Game at Great American Ball Park.

    Who “they” are changes at every level. But Turner draws fuel from the doubters at every level. He loves to prove them wrong, and to keep proving them wrong.

    “I get a little joy out of that,” he said with a smile before the Futures Game. “I probably hear the negative stuff more than I hear the positive stuff. I have heard it for so long, I’ve been able to use it as motivation.” (John Manuel - Baseball America - 7/31/15)

  • Late in 2016 Spring Training, the question of whether Trea should open the season in Syracuse or the Nation's Capitol. The team sent him to Double-A.

    When Turner joined his new teammates with Triple-A Syracuse (after 10 games with the Nats' Double-A affiliate in Harrisburg), Chiefs manager Billy Gardner recalled meeting him at the baggage claim area at the airport. This was his sixth different team in 13 months.

    "Very pleasant, very respectful-type kid," Gardner said. "Very smart. Very articulate. After getting to talk to him a little bit and getting to know him more, you really get to know what a good teammate he is."

    Turner's performance through all of the weirdness was seamless: He posted a .322 average for the Padres' Double-A affiliate in the first 58 games of 2015, a .359 average in Harrisburg and a .314 average in 48 games for Syracuse. He was summoned to the big leagues in August to serve as an extra player for the Nationals.

    "Different teammates, different cities, he handled it so well it was even surprising to me," said Gardner. "He had this ability to move on from any adversity. If you can't move on from failure—and he didn't have a lot of failure, but he had some—you're going to have a tough time in this game. But he dealt with it. He's high character."

    In time, he figures to be a high achiever, whenever he takes the Washington shortstop job as his own. (Buster Olney - ESPN.com - 3/12/2016)

  • The Nationals found out Trea has a work ethic that's second to none. Turner is one of the first players to arrive at the ballpark and is quickly in the cage. No wonder he is one of the best hitters in the system. In his short time in the organization, Turner hit a combined .321 with three home runs and 19 RBIs for Double-A Harrisburg and Syracuse in 2015.

    "It's a matter of getting playing time and getting experience," Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu said. "He definitely has all the tools. The ball comes off his bat."

    But what impressed Nationals manager Dusty Baker the most in Spring Training 2016 was Turner's speed. Numerous times, Turner hit routine ground balls to infielders and beat them out for base hits or made the infielders rush their throws for errors while trying to make the play at first base.

    "The No. 1 thing is his speed, and speed kills. That's something the game doesn't have much of," Baker said. "When you have speed, it makes [the opponent] make mistakes he wouldn't normally make."  (Ladson - MLB.com - 3/29/16)

  • September 22, 2016: Trea showed off in front of family members, hitting a blistering home run in an 8-3 victory over the Marlins.  Turner—who is from Lake Worth, Fla., about 60 miles from Miami—had a lot of family and friends visit Marlins Park to watch him play. He was hitless in the first two games of the three-game series, and it didn't help that he was pulling off the ball.

    But in his fourth at-bat, against righthander Austin Brice, Turner smashed a homer to left field that gave Washington a 6-0 lead.  It was Turner's 12th home run in 63 games, the sixth most by a Nationals rookie.  (Ladson - MLB.com)

  • You might not know: Turner has played baseball in Japan, The Netherlands, and Cuba, including at Cuba's Estadio Latinoamericano while on the Collegiate National Team

    "We played them in a five-game series, and we played against Jose Abreu, Rusney Castillo and Raisel Iglesias, played against Yasmany Tomas. That stadium is pretty cool, pretty neat," he said.

  • In 2013, N.C. State made the College World Series for the first time in 45 years. Thanks to Turner at the top of the order and his teammate, now-White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon, at the top of the rotation.

    Rodon was drafted No. 3 overall by Chicago a year later, 10 picks ahead of Turner. He recently tied an AL record by striking out the first seven batters he faced in his start on Sept. 30, 2016.

    "Whenever you see a guy like Trea Turner step into the box, sometimes you might be doing something like getting water or going to the bathroom. But if I have to go to the bathroom, I'm not going for that at-bat," Rodon told the Fayetteville Observer before the 2012 College World Series. "I'm gonna stay and watch because it's going to be something special."

  • Dec 23, 2016: Helping to continue a tradition that dates to the early days of MLB.com, Turner took a few minutes to chat about his offseason and to share some holiday memories.

    MLB.com: How does the offseason change now that you're heading into the season as a big leaguer? Turner: It's funny, I've always wanted to work crazy hard. You just start doing everything at the gym for hours and hours, and I still do that, but I think my preparation has become a lot smarter. I think last year, when I got called up, I figured out what I wanted to do hitting-wise and now I feel like I don't have to hit all offseason -- I can wait, give myself some time off and then work on the few things that I want. The difference, I think, is being wiser and smarter and knowing how to prepare a little bit better.

    MLB.com: Where do you train? Turner: I do most of it in Raleigh, N.C., back at N.C. State. That's where I mostly work out, but I go home for the holidays and whatnot.

    MLB.com: What Christmas traditions did you guys have in the Turner household? Turner: We play Amazing Race on New Year's Eve. My mom or aunt makes a whole list of things that we have to find, and we split up into teams. Sometimes it's like a Chinese takeout menu or take a picture with a cop, so on New Year's Eve we're running around all over the place going into restaurants and different things. People think we're crazy, but it's pretty fun.

    MLB.com: When did this tradition start?Turner: I'd probably say six, seven, eight years ago, somewhere in there, long time.

    MLB.com: What's your favorite Christmas movie? Turner: The Grinch or Home Alone. (J Collier - MLB.com - Dec 23, 2016)

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    Trea Turner knows who to thank for getting him to this point.
    Prior to Mother's Day, the Nationals' shortstop spoke glowingly about his mom's drive and her role in shaping Trea into the man and talented baseball player he is today
    .

    "She was the hardest on me
    . She was always perfect as a kid and no one can ever talk crap to her because she was always perfect. She's good at board games. She's competitive and she's smart, so she was the one that kind of [pushed] me as a kid. I think that helped me a lot because I try to do everything perfect now, in practice and whatever it is and I get mad at myself when I don't execute or don't do what I want to, so I think that mentality came from her. And I think that's probably helped me the most.
    "It's cool to wear [pink gear] and represent all the moms out there in general
    . My mom's always asking me for hits and stolen bases and home runs and different things on Mother's Day and her birthday.
    (Jamal Collier- MLB
    .com.-May 13, 2017)


    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2014: Trea was the first college player to sign an above-slot bonus in that year's draft. Turner got $2.9 million, when the slot for the No. 13 overall pick was $2,723,300.

  • December 18, 2014: In a giant 11-player/3-team trade, the Padres received OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Gerardo Reyes, and LHP Jose Castillo—all from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays received OF Steven Souza and LHP Travis Ott from the Nationals, and C Rene Rivera, 1B Jake Bauers, and RHP Burch Smith from the Padres. The Nationals received two players from the Padres: RHP Joe Ross and Turner (who was the player to be named in June 2015).

    So, Turner was caught up in the so-called Pete Incaviglia Rule, instituted 29 years ago, forbidding a team to trade a drafted player until one year after he signs his first professional contract. Supporters of efforts to nullify that rule feel the Turner situation could be the key to winning their battle.

    Trea technically belongs to the Padres, so he will go to spring training with the Padres in Peoria, Ariz., not with the Nationals in Viera, Fla. And he will open the minor league season with the Padres, not being able to officially join the Nationals until June 13, the anniversary of when he signed his contract. (Tracy Ringolsby - Baseball America  - January 2015)

  • On June 13, 2015, Turner finally headed to the Nationals organization.

Batting
  • Turner has developed into an excellent all-around hitter. He makes consistent hard contact and makes good use of his speed to get on base. His ability to consistently barrel the ball, combined with his wiry strength, gives him sneaky power, and he should consistently produce double-digit home runs.

    And in the second half of the 2014 season, shortening his stroke and being a near-perfect leadoff hitter. He struck out about 20 percent of the time in 2015.

    He has that rare combination of body control and explosiveness. Most just have one or the other. Trea has a real feel for hitting.

  • Trea flashes decent pop to the gaps. He has plus bat speed and consistently makes hard contact. He has average pull power, but he can get too pull- and power-conscious for his own good. He hits the ball hard from right-center through up-the-middle.

  • Scouting Grades: Turner has a 55 hit tool, and 40 power.

  • He has an aggressive (and interesting) swing and strong hands and forearms. He has wiry strength and just enough power to get himself into trouble, with a quick bat through the zone.

    Even with Trea's constant tinkering with his swing, which tends to become too long, he has impressive bat speed—which, along with his foot speed allow Turner to hit for a high batting average and good on-base percentage.

    As one crosschecker put it, “I’m not worried about his offense. I actually think he’ll hit. I think the greater concern is if he can maintain his throwing arm over the course of a longer season.”

    Trea can hit the ball off either foul pole. So he hits a lot of balls to both gaps.

  • Turner focuses on getting on base by beating out grounders and drawing walks. He does have some bat speed and gap power, though he can get out of control at the plate at times. Trea is a good leadoff hitter.

  • Trea takes a lot of pride in not striking out.

    "A lot of times with two strikes, I do some damage because I stay short,” Turner said. “I make sure I see it and I try to put the barrel on the ball. I think when I stay short and do that stuff is when I actually have more success. That’s why I want to do that throughout my at-bats, even in 3-1 counts, 2-0 counts, because I feel like I take my best swings then.”

  • Asked therather broad question about what makes a good hitter, Turner proffers:

    “If you kind of change the way you think about the game and if you change the way you thought about the best hitter, the best hitter, I think, would be someone who never swung at a pitch out of the zone and who could let the ball travel the farthest. If you can let the ball travel, you’d know what pitches you want to hit and what pitches you don’t want to hit. You can recognize spin better, and I think it makes hitters that much better.”

  • July 2014: Turner announced his arrival in the MWL by embarking on a seven-game hitting streak. After posting five multi-hit games in one week, his average stood at .491. His numbers returned to a more realistic level in August, but Turner showed a shorter stroke than he had during his college career and looked like an ideal top-of-the-order hitter.

    "Trea was pretty impressive. He's a true shortstop and those are hard to find these days. He can make the tough plays. His bat, with all the pre-draft stuff, I wasn't sure how well he was going to hit. But I knew he had great speed. He's made a great adjustment to professional baseball. The bat played a little better than I thought. He's stronger than I thought. His work ethic is great," Padres' Minor League hitting coordinator Sean Berry said. (9/6/14)

  • And late in 2015, one scout who covers the Texas League had this to say about Turner: "He's not a real physical-looking guy, but he's got a live body, loose and wiry," Gardner said. "You wouldn't think he'd put a charge in the ball, but has such good hands and wrists. I was impressed with his ability to drive the ball. He's going to be an alley-type of hitter, a doubles and triples mix, and he does have real good strike zone awareness."

    "He's a #5 or #6 hitter in a lineup. Ten to fifteen homers is very feasible. He’s thin and you think you’re going to the knock the bat out of his hand, but he just whistles the bat through the zone.”

  • Trea's manager at Triple-A Syracuse, Billy Gardner, pointed out, "He's not a real physical-looking guy, but he's got a live body, loose and wiry, You wouldn't think he'd put a charge in the ball, but has such good hands and wrists. I was impressed with his ability to drive the ball. He's going to be an alley-type of hitter, a doubles and triples mix, and he does have real good strike zone awareness."

    From the first day Turner was with the Nationals, Gardner's initial impression of him focused on how he coped with almost unprecedented circumstances. Drafted by the Padres with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Turner immediately thrived, hitting .323 with a .406 on-base percentage at two levels, then performed well in the Arizona Fall League, batting .400.

  • September 11, 2016: Trea notched two hits, giving him 27 multi-hit games in only 51 starts, thus far in 2016.

  • April 25, 2017:  On a damp and frigid night at Coors Field, Trea swung the hottest bat, hitting for the cycle and driving in a career-high seven runs in the Nationals' 15-12 victory over the Rockies. 

    Turner singled in the first, doubled in the second, homered in the sixth and tripled in the seventh for the third cycle in Nationals history, and the ninth in the combined history of the Expos and Nationals.  (Perkins - mlb.com)

  • April 25, 2017: Nationals shortstop Trea Turner had the hottest night of his career in the coldest game of the season on Tuesday, hitting for the cycle while driving in a personal-best seven runs in a 15-12 win over the Rockies at Coors Field.

    Turner singled to right field in the first inning, doubled to left in the second to drive in a pair, hit a two-run homer to right in the sixth and knocked a bases-loaded triple into the right-field corner in the seventh.

    Turner (23 years, 300 days old) is the second-youngest player to hit for the cycle and drive in seven or more runs in a game in Major League history, the youngest being Joe DiMaggio. Turner is the 24th-youngest player to hit for the cycle -- right between Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Goose Goslin -- and he is the youngest to achieve the milestone since Mike Trout (21 years, 287 days) in 2013. (Owen Perkins - MLB.com)

  • As of the start of the 2017 season, Trea's career Major League stats were: .329 batting average, 8 home runs and 114 hits with 14 RBI's in 347 at-bats and 35 stolen bases.
Fielding
  • Trea can play shortstop, but he needs to smooth out his actions to prove he can handle shortstop on a regular basis. Scouts who like him at short point to his quick feet and solid-average arm for shortstop or third base. Turner has value because he can play third base and second base.

    Turner has a 50 grade for his fielding, and a 55 for his arm, on the 20-80 scouting scale.

  • He shows good hustle and aggressiveness on defense. His instincts are quite impressive. He makes some real acrobatic plays at short, where he has solid, but not spectacular range.

  • His defense at shortstop has improved with added strength. He has solid-average (50 or even 55) range with first-step quickness and body control and good hands with a 55 arm sufficient for the play in the hole. He typifies a "quick twitch athlete." There is not a problem with leaving Turner at shortstop.
  • While Turner's defense doesn't stand out, his average range, lateral quickness and average arm should allow him to stick at any of three position: He can play shortstop, 2nd base and center field very well. He also provides reliability.

    Trea was displaying impressive leather at short in 2015. He believes two changes have helped him improve.

    “The first adjustment I made was my junior year at N.C. State,” he said. “I set up later, which allows me to be moving a little more, on my toes a little more, has helped me come through the ball better and get my feet in position sooner.

    “The other adjustment is just playing every day. I can take something I work on from the cage or in infield into the game. That’s harder to do in college where you don’t play as often. Pro ball allows you to do that.”

  • In 2016 with the Nationals, he played some center field, in order to get he bat into the lineup.

    By the end of the season, Nationals farm director Mark Scialabba noted the advances Turner had made.

    “He’s improved his (defensive) technique at shortstop . . . and second base,” Scialabba said. “And obviously his transition to center field has been remarkable. He’s learning on the job, but his instincts, athleticism and elite speed have enabled him to make the transition seamlessly in a time of need.

    "Trea is such a natural talent with tremendous aptitude, energy and determination.”

Running
  • Trea's calling card is his game-changing speed, which rates as a 75 that may become an 80 on the 20-80 scale. He is a very speedy base-stealer with plus instincts. (Spring 2016)

  • In 2013, Turner recovered from sophomore year ankle injury to run a 6.3-second 60.

  • Trea can display dynamic speed by getting to first base in 3.42 seconds on a jailbreak bunt. His normal time running to first is 4.05 seconds.

  • In 2015, Billy Gardner managed Turner at Triple-A Syracuse and saw the impact of Turner on the basespaths.

    "If he gets the ball in the gap," Gardner said, "he doesn't need it to get to the wall to get a double. He's that fast; he's got that type of speed. It looks like his feet don't even touch the ground."

    Turner's speed impacts his defense, Gardner continued. "Going to left and right, going out, he's got such quickness, he's like a blur on the field. He's so athletic."

  • Nationals' first base coach Davey Lopes is considered the best at teaching base-stealing technique.

Career Injury Report
  • March 2013: Turner was out of action for North Carolina State for over a month after he sprained an ankle.

  • April 9-21, 2017: Turner was on the DL with right hamstring strain.