Cubs Den contributor and Big League Futures scouting director Kevin Gallo sends us his scouting report on potential Cubs draft pick Trea Turner.
The Cubs may be looking for pitching but we've seen that if their guy isn't there, they'll take a position player. Remember, it's all about collecting assets.
Name: Trea Turner
Hometown: Lake Worth, Fla
School/When draft Eligible: North Carolina State/ 2014.
Bats/ Throws: R/R
Body: He has slender athletic frame with room to grow in his lower half.
Swing: Turner starts with his hands just above his shoulders and a balanced stance with his knees bent slightly. He has a low stride towards the pitcher and has an extreme weight shift to his back leg, but his head doesn’t move. He has a hand draw trigger and puts himself in excellent hitting position. His swing flows through the zone. It is a short and direct with plus bat speed. He shows back spin that could lead to above average power. He has plus hit tool potential.
Base running: Turner is a burner plain and simple. He has been clocked as low as 3.85 to 1B. He can read a pitcher like a scholar reads a book. He is a plus plus runner and is a serious base stealing threat.
Defense: He has excellent ranges to the right, left, front and back. He has outstanding instincts around the bag and has very good arm. I have no doubt he can stick at SS and be gold glove caliber SS.
Summary: Trea Turner is going to be an impact player on both sides of the ball. He would be an explosive leadoff man on any team. He also has enough power that they can’t cheat in on him without him burning them. He will be a game changer when he makes it to the next level.