Posted: 8:47 pm Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Baseball: Former Park Vista standout Trea Turner goes 13th overall to San Diego Padres 

By Anthony Chiang

Trea Turner was projected to be a first-round pick in the MLB Draft, but he still didn’t know what to expect.

However, the Park Vista product didn’t have to wait long to hear his name, as the San Diego Padres drafted the 6-foot-1, 170-pound shortstop with 13th overall pick Thursday. Turner was the first player from Palm Beach County taken in this year’s draft.

“I would have never thought I would be going this high in the draft,” said Turner, who became the first player from Park Vista to be selected in the first round. “It’s definitely a little bit of a surprise to see how far I’ve come.”

In high school, Turner was just trying to catch a college coach’s eye. As a senior, he helped lead the Cobras to the Class 6A state semifinals.

“He’s a hard worker,” Park Vista coach Larry Greenstein said. “There was not any downtime in his work schedule. If he wasn’t hitting, he was taking ground balls. It never stopped.”

But Turner’s only offers were from Florida Atlantic and North Carolina State.

In the 2011 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates took a chance on Turner in the 20th round. But he opted to attend N.C. State.

“I wanted to go to college from the start,” said Turner, who put on 10 pounds in college. “They could have given me $1 million and I would have still gone to college. I felt like I needed to grow and I needed to mature. College gave me a few years to do that without baseball being my job.”

Turner excelled at N.C. State, earning All-American honors in each of his three seasons and recording a .341 career batting average. Turner set the school record for stolen bases in a season (57 as a freshman) and career (117 in three seasons).

“His athleticism is his biggest strength and his speed is part of that,” Baseball America draft writer Clint Longenecker said. “Typically, the most athletic players coming out of the draft are going to come from the high school ranks. But Trea is one of the best all-around athletes in this entire class and he comes from the college side.”

Although Turner passed on professional baseball in 2011, he’s leaning toward skipping his senior season at NC State this time. The slot value, or suggested signing bonus, for the 13th pick is $2,723,300 according to Baseball America.

“I definitely want to sign and move on, but I’m not going to rule out N.C. State for my senior year because I don’t like banking on anything,” said Turner, who will have until Aug. 15 to make a decision. “But I definitely want to play pro ball and I think this year is my best shot at that.”

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CoachEMUP123
CoachEMUP123

Great Story Trea !!!!! Under Armour Sings your song "HARD WORK, HARD WORK " Well Done !!!

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