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#MLBPlayers411 | Trea Turner

   09-29-2017
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Trea Turner was born to run.

At  a time when baseball is being increasingly defined by power hitting and pitching, strikeouts and home runs, Turner is setting records with his legs.

The 24-year-old from Boynton Beach, Fla., is considered one of the fastest players in baseball, and despite missing 61 games over two disabled list stints, ranks third in the majors with 44 steals. Additionally, Turner set the Nationals' record for steals in a season, besting Alfonso Soriano's 41 swipes in 2006.

“People who are as fast as he is — this is going to sound mean — but aren't the best baseball players. Trea is a baseball player that just happens to be that fast,” teammate Ryan Zimmerman told the Washington Post. “His baseball IQ and his adjustments are crazy. … The speed is just kind of another thing he has going for him. He's more of a baseball player that just happens to be crazy fast.”

As the Nationals gear up for another postseason campaign – after winning their fourth NL East division crown in six years – the speedy shortstop will be looking to take an extra 90 feet  whenever he can.

In 2017, Turner has logged two four-steal games, the first player to accomplish the feat since Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon in 2015. Last season, Turner swiped home, added another elite, speedy accomplishment to his short career.

“Sometimes it seems like he's faster than the ball,” catcher Matt Wieters said.

At the plate, Turner has not only hit .283 with 73 runs this season, but also brought some pop to the top of the Nats' lineup as well with 23 doubles, six triples, 11 home runs and 45 RBIs in 95 games.

"That is Rickey Henderson-type stuff," Nats manager Dusty Baker told reporters after Turner hit his fourth leadoff home run of the season … Rick was the best at that. You walk him or he gets a hit, it is like a double or a triple. If you throw it right there, he would leave the ballpark on you. That is quite a feat for him so young in his career. You have to have discipline to do that and get a good pitch to hit."

Turner finished second in Rookie of the Year balloting in 2016 after only playing in 73 games and hitting .342 with 13 home runs, 40 RBIs and 33 steals, primarily playing centerfield after he was called-up in mid-July. He was Baseball America's No. 9 overall prospect to begin the 2016 season.

Turner was drafted 13th overall by the Padres in the 2014 draft. He was traded to the Nationals in June 2015 as a player to be named later in a three-team trade that sent Steven Souza to Tampa Bay and Wil Myers to San Diego.

Turner attended North Carolina State University, and was a second-team All-American on the 2013 team that went to the College World Series. He led the NCAA with 55 steals in 2012 as a freshman.

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