Washington Nationals player, Trea Turner, who plays the position of shortstop is an outstanding talent on and off the pitch and is certainly destined for the Hall of Fame.
Turner, who won the Brooks Wallace Award as the best college baseball shortstop of the year in 2014, went ahead to become a first-round pick in the draft and was selected by the San Diego Padres.
Trea Turner was born Trea Vance Turner to Mark and Donna Turner on the 30th of June, 1993, in Lake Worth, Florida. He grew up in the same area and attended Park Vista Community High School where he began to fall in love with baseball, playing for his school’s baseball team.
Turner got the attention of a number of college programs and professional teams due to his abilities. He was in fact chosen with the 602nd overall selection in the 20th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 MLB Draft. He, however, opted to attend college instead, choosing to attend North Carolina State University on a baseball scholarship.
As a freshman in college, Turner played as a third baseman, leaving his preferred shortstop position. That did not affect his performances as he recorded more steals than all the team totals of 158 Division I teams. He also tied the record number of steals in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and was selected to the All-Tournament Team in the 2012 ACC Tournament.
In his sophomore year, he moved back to the shortstop position where he continued his outstanding performances which led to a finalist position for the Brooks Wallace Award. He further earned a first-team All-ACC mention and a third team All-American mention by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America.
As a junior, Trea Turner was able to eventually get his hands on the Brooks Wallace Award. After that season, he chose to become a professional and was thereby selected with the 13th overall pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2014 MLB Draft.
Despite making impressive plays in the few games he played after his debut, the Padres agreed to trade him to the Washington Nationals just after a few months on their roster.
Turner stayed with the Padres till 2015 when he joined the Nationals. After a few games in the Class AA Eastern League and the Class AAA International League, he represented them at the 2015 All-Star Futures Game. He went on to make his Major League debut on August 21, 2015, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Trea Turner’s Stats
In his first year in college, Turner had a .336 batting average, a .432 on-base percentage, while recording 57 stolen bases and only being caught stealing four times. In his sophomore year, he managed a .378 batting average with seven home runs, 41 runs batted in, and 27 stolen bases. In 2014, as a junior, his batting average was at .321 with eight home runs and 26 stolen bases.
In his career so far, he has played 262 games, managing a .292 batting average, .346 on-base percentages, while recording 111 runs batted in, and 99 stolen bases.
Other Facts You Need To Know
Trea Turner is not the only child of his parents. He has an older sister named Teal
After high school, Turner had the opportunity to attend Florida Atlantic University after receiving a scholarship from the school. He eventually chose to attend North Carolina State University where he met his future fiancé.
In June 2017, Trea Turner got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Kristen Harabedian. The couple met while in college at North Carolina State University. Kristen, who was a gymnast while in school, graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. Despite working as a camp counselor in college, she has since transitioned to becoming a general Counsel Business analyst for Credit Suisse.
Turner’s preferred position is shortstop. He has however been used as a starting center fielder in the past by the Nationals and has also played as a third baseman in college.
He is one of the fastest runners in Major League Baseball. He has twice in the past clocked a speed of 22.7 miles per hour (36.5 km/h).
Turner set a North Carolina State University record of 57 steals in his freshman year. That figure was also more than the team totals of 158 Division I teams.