Saturday, May 28, 2011

Get To Know Him - Justin Turner

Some call him Justin Turner, JT, or Red, but I call him the RBI machine.  If it wasn't for the struggles and injuries that haunt the Mets (just about every year) then the legend of Justin Turner would not exist.  If he's not a popular name around the big leagues, and to the average baseball fans around the league then I don't know what else he can do to get his name out there.  Playing in only 26 games and having a total of 89 at bats in 2011, Turner is on a torrid pace, hitting .338 with a home run and 19 RBI.

Turner just 26 years old, was drafted in 2005 by the New York Yankees in the 29th round but did not sign, then just a year later in the 2006 draft was selected and signed with the Cincinnati Reds in the 7th round.  After two years in the Reds minor league system, Turner along with Ryan Freel and Brandon Waring were traded to the Baltimore Orioles for catcher Ramon Hernandez.  In 2009 Turner got limited time in the big leagues getting his first hit against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  On May 21 2010 Turner was designated for assignment, and claimed by the Mets, getting called up on April 19 2011 after the Mets got rid of then starting 2nd basemen Brad Emaus.

He doesn't do anything special or crazy like hit monster home runs, he is just extremely clutch.  Turner set a Mets rookie record for driving in at least 1 run for 7 straight games, in which he had 12 RBI during that stretch.  The Mets as a team only scored 20 runs in those 7 games, so Turner drove in 60% of the teams runs.

Over his last 10 games turner has gone 14 for 40 (.350 avg) with 6 doubles and 9 RBI, including two 2 hit games, a 3 hit game and his 1st career 4 hit game.  So please go pick this guy up.  The 2nd base position is so weak after guys like Cano, Pedroia Kinsler, Phillips, Utley, Kendrick, and Weeks, so there is no reason he is only owned in 18% of Yahoo! Leagues.

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