San Diego, CA- San Diego Padres 2014 1st round pick shortstop Trea Turner is the hottest prospect in all of baseball right now.
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In Baseball America’s Weekly Prospect Hot Sheet, San Diego Padres shortstop Trea Turner for the third straight week is the hottest prospect in baseball.
Trea Turner this past week for low Class A Fort Wayne, batted .517 (15-for-29) with two doubles, one home run, five RBI’s, six runs scored, five walks and three stolen bases.
"” This marks three straight Hot Sheet appearances for the former North Carolina State all-American, who has transitioned into pro ball with ease. His range at short, never a question, has been as advertised, and as he did in college, he’s stealing bases at a prodigious and efficient clip (17 of 19). His long swing worried evaluators, especially since power will never be part of his skill set. But to this point, he’s shown an ability to handle the bat well, slashing .335/.418/.441 across two levels with nine extra-base hits.” Via-Baseball America"
Trea Turner began his pro career this season with Class A Short Season Eugene and was promoted to Class A Fort Wayne after only 23 games last month. Turner is batting .478 (33 for 69) seven doubles, nine RBIs and eight stolen bases in 17 games since being promoted.
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).
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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 Trea 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"
Padres prospects RHP Joe Ross and SS Franchy Cordero were also mentioned in the article. Ross has made huge strides this season like his older brother Tyson Ross, using his with power fastball and slider to dominate opposing batters and earn a promotion to Double-A San Antonio. Ross this week went (1-0) allowing only two runs with 13 strikeouts in 13 innings of work. Cordero this week in Class A Short Season Eugene was on fire, batting .387 with a double, a triple and three home runs.