San Diego, CA- With the 13th overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft, the San Diego Padres have selected NC State shortstop Trea Turner.
In a minor league system filled with excellent pitching prospects, the Padres needed to add offensive talent to a minor league system that desperately lacks impact offensive talent.
The Padres took a step toward improving their system by drafting Trea Turner.
Trea Turner is the sixth shortstop the Padres have drafted in the 1st round of the MLB draft. The Padres previously drafted shortstop Bill Almon (’74), Joey Cora (’85), Matt Halloran (’96), Kevin Nicholson (’97) and Greene (’02).
Many mock drafts had Trea Turner going to the Padres at No.13. Turner hit .321 with eight home runs and stole 26 bases this season for NC State. Here is the scouting profile by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com on Turner:
North Carolina State produced just three first-round picks in the first 49 Drafts, but the Wolfpack might have the first college pitcher (Carlos Rodon) and first college position player (Turner) selected in 2014. Though Turner stands out most for his top-of-the-scale speed, he’s more than just a burner.
With his wheels and ability to make contact and control the strike zone, he has the tools to become a quality leadoff hitter at the Major League level. The key will be toning down his swing, which can get long, and his approach, which can get a little out of control. He can get home run-conscious and would be best served by focusing on getting on base, where his speed and instincts make him a prime basestealing threat.
A third baseman as a freshman, Turner moved to shortstop in 2013. He has the quickness and arm strength to stick at shortstop, something few college players do, though he needs to improve his defensive consistency. – Jonathan Mayo MLB.com