#17 – 2B Justin Turner

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 5’11”/200

Acquired: Waiver claim (Bal)

Born: 11/23/84 (Long Beach, CA)

2010 Rank: NR

Why Ranked Here: Turner went into 2011 Spring Training battling for the Mets second base job.  I view him as the most capable of the right-handed hitting options and a worthwhile platoon-mate with Daniel Murphy.  With Luis Castillo’s release, Turner is a small step closer to the Opening Day roster.

The Baltimore Orioles designated Turner for assignment in May to make room for Scott Moore and the Mets snapped Turner up off waivers. So now he’s a Top Prospect?  Maybe I’m crazy, but he did just hit .316/.374/.487 at the highest level of the minors at age 25.  He controls the strike zone as evidenced by 38/24 K/BB ratio in 78 games for Buffalo.  All of that contact will give him a chance to hit for average in the big leagues as well.

Turner will play as a 26-year old in 2011, so there’s no star potential here, but fighting for a big league job, with plate discipline is really enough for me.

2010: After the Orioles let him go, Turner joined up with the Mets’ AAA affiliate in Buffalo on May 28th and announced his presence with a ten-game hitting streak.  He just hit, and kept hitting for Buffalo.  In fact, he was held hitless in consecutive games just four times in his 78 games with Buffalo.

Dr. Pangloss Says: A cheap, offensive oriented 2B

Debbie Downer Says: Brad Emaus wins the Mets 2011 2B job.  Turner languishes in AAA.  Reese Havens catches fire, makes his MLB debut, and takes control of the 2012 Opening Day job while Turner never gets a chance to show what he can do with the Mets.

Projected 2011 Start: Buffalo

MLB Arrival: June(?) 2011

G AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO AVG OBP SLG XBH% SO% BB% HR% BABIP
2010 – MLB BAL 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 0.0 33.3 0.0 0.0 .000
2010 – AAA – NOR 23 84 21 8 0 1 9 13 .250 .319 .381 9.5 13.7 9.5 1.1 .282
2010 – AAA – BUF 78 312 104 22 1 11 24 38 .333 .390 .516 9.8 10.9 6.9 3.2 .351
2010 – MLB – NYM 4 8 1 1 0 0 1 0 .125 .222 .250 11.1 0.0 11.1 0.0 .125
MLB Total 9 17 1 1 0 0 1 3 .059 .111 .118 5.6 16.7 5.6 0.0 .071
AAA Total 101 396 125 30 1 12 33 51 .316 .374 .487 9.7 11.5 7.4 2.7 .336

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