Trea Turner

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Not to be confused with Trai Turner.
Trea Turner
Washington Nationals – No. 7
Born: (1993-06-30) June 30, 1993 (age 22)
Lake Worth, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 21, 2015 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
(through August 26, 2015)
Batting average .000
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 0

Trea Vance Turner (born June 30, 1993) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball at North Carolina State University (NC State). The San Diego Padres selected Turner in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft, and traded him to the Nationals in 2015.

Amateur career[edit]

Turner attended Park Vista Community High School in Lake Worth, Florida, where he played for his school's baseball team.[1] Turner was lightly recruited by college programs, only receiving scholarship offers from North Carolina State University (NC State) and Florida Atlantic University.[2] The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Turner in the 20th round, with the 602nd overall selection, of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.[3] Turner opted to attend NC State, to play college baseball for the NC State Wolfpack baseball team in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I.[2]

As a freshman in 2012, Turner shifted from the shortstop position to play as a third baseman. That year, he had a .336 batting average, a .432 on-base percentage, and recorded 57 stolen bases while only being caught stealing four times.[4] His 57 steals were more than the team totals of 158 Division I teams,[1] and set an NC State record.[5] He also tied the ACC record for steals in one game with five.[6] Turner was named to the All-Tournament Team in the 2012 ACC Tournament.

In 2013, Turner had a .378 batting average with seven home runs, 41 runs batted in (RBIs), and 27 stolen bases. He was named to the All-ACC first team, and was named a second team All-American by Perfect Game and a third team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America. He was named a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the best shortstop in NCAA's Division I.[7] That summer, Turner played for the United States national collegiate baseball team.[8] As a junior in 2014, he hit .321 with eight home runs and 26 stolen bases. After the season, he was named the winner of the Brooks Wallace Award.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Aaron Fitt of Baseball America considered Turner a likely first round choice in the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.[2] The San Diego Padres selected Turner in the first round, with the 13th overall selection.[10] He signed on June 13, receiving a $2.9 million signing bonus.[11] He made his professional debut three days later with the Eugene Emeralds of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League.[12] After he batted .228 in 26 games for Eugene, the Padres promoted him to the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Class A Midwest League, where he batted .369 in 46 games. The Padres assigned him to play for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League after the regular season.[13][14]

On December 19, 2014, the Padres reportedly agreed to trade Turner to the Washington Nationals as a player to be named later as part of a three-team trade, in which the Padres traded Jake Bauers, Burch Smith, and René Rivera to the Tampa Bay Rays and Joe Ross to Washington, and Washington traded Steven Souza and Travis Ott to Tampa Bay.[15] This unusual arrangement was a result of Turner being ineligible to be traded before mid-June because of MLB rules that prevent players to be traded within a year of their being drafted. Turner's agent, Jeff Berry, stated to the media that it was an unfair process to force him to play half the season for a team that traded him and had no further interest in promoting his development. He claimed he would be filing a grievance through the players union.[16] Turner reported to spring training with the Padres as a non-roster invitee,[17] and the Padres assigned him to the San Antonio Missions of the Class AA Texas League.[18] He hit .322 with five home runs and 35 RBIs with 11 stolen bases for San Antonio. On June 14, 2015, Turner was sent to the Nationals to complete the trade made in December, and was assigned to the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League.[19] After playing ten games for Harrisburg, the Nationals promoted Turner to the Syracuse Chiefs of the Class AAA International League.[20] Turner represented the Nationals at the 2015 All-Star Futures Game.[21]

On August 21, 2015, the Nationals promoted Turner to the major leagues.[22] He made his major league debut that night.[23]


  1. ^ a b Strelow, Bret (June 15, 2013). "N.C. State's Trea Turner combines power with speed". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "NC State Wolfpack freshman Trea Turner still sneaking up on opposition – NCAA baseball tournament". ESPN. May 31, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Price, Karen (June 8, 2011). "Bucs bet on Bell in 2nd round". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ Svrluga, Barry (March 30, 2015). "The curious case of Trea Turner". Washington Post. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Baseball: Park Vista grad Trea Turner sets N.C State record | High School Buzz". The Palm Beach Post. April 12, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ Woodward, Bill (April 23, 2012). "RALEIGH: N.C. State's Trea Turner more than a base-stealing phenom | NC State". The News & Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "NC State's Trea Turner Named Brooks Wallace Award Finalist". WFMY-TV. June 16, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Rupard, Wade (July 24, 2013). "DURHAM: Team USA experience a 'grind' for NC State's Turner | NC State". The News & Observer. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "N.C. State's Trea Turner Wins Brooks Wallace Award". WFMY-TV. June 28, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Shortstop Turner goes to Padres at No. 13". June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kring-Schreifels, Jake (June 13, 2014). "First-rounder Turner signs with Padres". Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ Sanders, Jeff (June 17, 2014). "Minors: Trea Turner debuts for Eugene". U-T San Diego. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ Sanders, Jeff (September 19, 2014). "Trea Turner visits Petco Park: Padres' first-rounder just beginning busy offseason". U-T San Diego. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Cahill, Teddy (October 21, 2014). "Turner leads group of Padres prospects in AFL". Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ Cwick, Chris (December 19, 2014). "Padres, Rays and Nationals complete Wil Myers trade". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  16. ^ Rosenthal, Ken (December 19, 2014). "Free Trea Turner: Age-old rule requires Nats' PTBN to stay with Padres till June". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ Lin, Dennis (February 24, 2015). "Trea Turner, a Nationals player to be named later, arrives in Padres' big-league camp". U-T San Diego. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ Lin, Dennis (April 7, 2015). "Trea Turner opening season in Double-A: Nationals PTBNL begins season with Padres' Double-A affiliate". U-T San Diego. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  19. ^ Snyder, Matt (June 14, 2015). "Trea Turner finally heads to Nationals system". Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  20. ^ James Wagner (June 25, 2015). "Trea Turner promoted to Class AAA Syracuse". Washington Post. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  21. ^ James Wagner (June 25, 2015). "Lucas Giolito, Trea Turner selected to Futures Game". Washington Post. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  22. ^ Dybas, Todd (August 21, 2015). "Trea Turner called up by Washington Nationals". The Washington Times. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  23. ^ Quillen, Ian (August 22, 2015). "Nationals SS Trea Turner debuts in 10-3 loss to Brewers". The Washington Times. Associated Press. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 

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