With the 2014 amateur draft just hours away, the Mets are being linked to college shortstop Trea Turner.
Jun 16, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; NC State Wolfpack shortstop Trea Turner (8) throws to first base against the North Carolina Tarheels during the College World Series game at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
According to most draft experts and in most mocks, the Mets are being connected to LHP Sean Newcomb and OF Michael Conforto – also college players.
However, in his last mock before the draft, Keith Law predicted that the Mets would tab Turner, a 20-year-old from NC State, with the 10th overall pick.
Turner is a more high-risk pick than either Newcomb or Conforto, but his relative ceiling is higher than both.
Turner has 80-grade speed that he knows how to use, some pop, and is someone who most scouts feel will be able to stick at shortstop long-term. According to reports, Turner has just an adequate arm, but makes up for it with his athleticism and instincts.
While Turner has performed well offensively for NC State, most scouts feel that his swing and overall approach need refinement.
During his chat Thursday afternoon, Law said the following about Turner’s bat:
"His swing is a real concern for me – he’ll move fast if and when a pro coach gets him cleaned up and shorter to the ball."
Like most scouts, the concern regarding Turner isn’t about a lack of offensive potential. Rather, it’s about his swing needing refinement.
It should be noted that aside from Michael Conforto, Law said that Turner – if his swing is corrected – could be the quickest mover out of all of the hitters in the draft.
Add “quick mover” to 80-grade speed, pop, offensive potential, and the ability to stick at shortstop, and the Mets will be hard-pressed to pass on Turner if he’s there when they pick.