6'02" 220lbs DOB: 12/27/91Turner played his first two years at LSU-Eunice, helping the Bengals win the 2012 Division II junior college national championship. In just one season at Mississippi, Turner has established himself as the best catcher in the SEC. He excels defensively, earning high marks for his plus arm and receiving skills. Turner won the Gold Glove for Division II junior colleges last year. His offense, however, is not as well regarded. Turner regularly puts the ball in play, but scouts worry he doesn't make hard contact consistently enough. Turner's defense and makeup will make him a high pick despite his current offensive shortcomings, with a future as a backup his floor.
I like it. Sounds like we drafted a for sure MLB player with this pick...who knows whether it will be as a backup, or everyday catcher, but he will be with the team eventually.
We are also nearing the point where we may want to start searching for Mauer's eventual replacement, or someone who can play more at catcher, to give Joe more days at DH. This kid should be ready in about 2-3 years if Hermann doesnt stick.
Maybe. I have a feeling he was picked to groom all the pitchers in the minors. His bat sounds pretty suspect. I think they could have found a little more upside in round 3. HS arms might be tough from here on out due to signability issues but hard throwing college arms are still available and there are still athletic position players.
Denney was a highly thought of HS catcher, he likely would have required way over slot to sign and the Twins likely didn't feel they had the cash left to do so. I wasn't exactly a fan of this pick, but if the Twins really wanted a catcher, Denney likely would have been a poor fit. I don't think most people see him sticking at catcher long term.