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Padres agree to deal with first-round pick shortstop Trea Turner

Jun 14, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

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The Padres announced yesterday that they have agreed to terms with each of their first three draft picks, including first-round pick shortstop Trea Turner.

Turner was selected No. 13 overall out of North Carolina State earlier this month. John Manuel of Baseball America reports that he’ll receive a $2.9 million bonus, which is $177,000 above the slot value.

Jim Callis of MLB.com writes that Turner “has the tools to become a dynamic leadoff hitter with his top-of-the-line speed and his ability to control the strike zone,” though there are questions about his bat. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 171 pounds, the 20-year-old should be able to stick at shortstop, but Callis writes that he needs to improve his consistency.

  1. chargrz - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Turner sounds like a future 2nd baseman that can’t hit. The Padres have enough of those already. Nice pick Byrnes.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      He is supposed to be a base stealing threat.

      • chargrz - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        He can’t steal 1st base

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        He can steal first if the catcher does not hold on to strike three. He also has the speed to beat out infield hits and to bunt his way on.

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Most think he is a true SS and he finished with a .342/.425/.507 line after 3 years at NC State. I suppose if I was a Padres fan i’d go straight for the worst case scenario too.

    • ch0psuey - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:41 AM

      chargrz: Worst kind of fan ever. He stalks these boards with a passion looking to put down his team ( Padres ) , he has no important info and tries to look like a badass putting down Pads. Now when the Padres are playing good ( I know not anytime lately ) he is nowhere to be found. Coward If you ask me….

      • chargrz - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Chop Fooey you are clueless as usual.

  2. socalcharger - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Scouts gave Trea an 80 out of 80 in speed. Is he really Mike Trout fast?

    • renaado - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Could be, but he’s definitely not Billy Hamilton fast though.

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      He stole 57 bags on 61 tries as a freshman in 63 games. Then 30 for 36 in 56 as a sophomore, and 26 for 30 in 54 this year. He started as an 80 but I think they downgraded him.

  3. alldayap - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    They’ll just trade him when he starts to become good.

  4. vanmorrissey - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Put them all in the lineup now, can’t be any worse than the mess out there now.

  5. gloccamorra - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    I thought the second rounder was a tough sign, with a firm college commitment. Maybe he sees a fast track to the big club, the way it’s going.

  6. yahmule - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    They have a kid in the system named Jace Peterson with a similar skill set, not mention Everth Cabrera. The Pads like these speedy middle infielders.

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