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Nats’ Prospect Trea Turner Assigned To Triple-A Syracuse

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

When the Washington Nationals officially acquired Trea Turner last summer from the San Diego Padres, speculation swirled that he would become the future of the infield.

But, on Monday the Nationals made the decision that it would be Danny Espinosa that would be the starting shortstop on Opening Day next week.

Turner, who is ranked at number two among the Nationals best prospects and the eleventh best in baseball, had a solid 2015 campaign hitting .314 in forty-eight games, along with three homers and seventeen stolen bases before receiving  his call to the Majors on August 21, 2015.

By looking at just the Spring Training stats, it wouldn’t necessarily seem that Espinosa would win the roster spot. Turner hit .250 in twenty-two games this spring with seven stolen bases; whereas Espinosa hit just .133 in thirteen spring games.

The twenty-eight year old Espinosa does have more big league experience and hit .240 along with thirteen home runs in 2015.

The twenty-two year old Turner was drafted in the First round, thirteenth overall, of the 2014 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres while playing at North Carolina State University.

While many may scratch their heads in trying to figure out the Nationals’ logic but the following could help with that. Trea Turner has spent just forty-five days in the Majors, meaning with such little service time Washington could potentially prevent arbitration for another year if they hold off until at the earliest late May to call him up for an extended period of time.

The Nationals also have veteran Stephen Drew who was acquired in the off season,  to fall back on if Espinosa should need it.

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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