Though merely a few weeks removed from being chosen by the Padres in the MLB Draft, Trea Turner is already making a move in the organization. The product of North Carolina State has been spending time with the Eugene Emeralds of short-season Class A. Turner tweeted out where he’ll be headed to next.
— Trea Turner (@treavturner) July 12, 2014
Turner’s off to Fort Wayne, where he’ll spend an indefinite amount of time playing for the Tin Caps. Fort Wayne plays in Class-A, which is one level above short-season Class-A and one level below Class-A Advanced, which leads into Double-A, Triple-A and the bigs.
Turner already possesses defensive skills and blazing speed that will translate easily to the majors one day, but the question that hurt his draft stock is whether he can hit well. Keeping him at a low level like Class-A while still allowing him to hit against good pitchers will improve his batting quickly under the right coaching.