The Potential Tools: 80 run, 60 hit, 55 arm, 50 glove
Strengths: Plus athleticism; elite running ability; game-changing speed; will be a stolen base threat; shorter, direct, linear path to ball; comfort with spraying line drives all over the field; solid approach and ability to lay off quality spin down; solid reads and reactions; easy arm action and throws across the diamond; high baseball IQ.
Weaknesses: Limited power projection; will never factor in to his game; can become overly aggressive at the plate at times; more selective at times rather than true approach; natural swing-and-miss on inner third pitches; will have trouble with velocity there; needs to play premium shortstop position to provide value.
Role Ceiling: 55; above-average regular shortstop.
Risk: Low; close to the majors, elite-run shortstop; should provide major league value soon,
Summary: Turner ended up the player to be named later in the deal that sent Wil Myers to the Padres but he could not join the Nationals until June due to the MLB draftee rules at the time (and since revised). Turner reworked his swing mechanics and is selective at the plate at times. He has elite speed that will make him a base-stealing threat at any level. His defense at shortstop will allow him to bring defensive value regardless of what he does at the plate. Even though there is still some swing-and-miss in Turner’s swing, he shows the ability to barrel-up most pitches and spray them all over the field