Sports Illustrated posted an article today looking at 5 players that could be ready for a huge postseason, and former NC State Shortstop Trea Turner was first on the list.
1. Trea Turner, Nationals, CF
Washington didn’t call Turner up until July, antagonizing those of us who predicted that he’d race past the Dodgers’ Corey Seager for the NL Rookie of the Year award. With just 73 games played, he simply didn’t have enough time. But if you extrapolate his stats out to 157 games—the same amount as Seager played—Turner would have surpassed Los Angeles’ sensational shortstop in every offensive category, including batting average (.342 to .308), homers (28 to 26), RBIs (86 to 72), OPS (.931 to .877) and steals (71 to three). Everyone knew Turner had blazing speed, but the power was a surprise, and one that emerged after Aug. 1: He hit all 11 of his homers over the season’s final two months, during which slugged .591, 10th best in the majors.
The other players listed were:
2) Jose Ramirez, 3B, Cleveland
3) Hanley Ramirez, 1B, Boston
4) Justin Turner, 3B, Los Angeles
5) David Ortiz, DH, Boston