The Philadelphia Phillies offense was very impressive in the 2022 regular season and their playoff run.
They had Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos, J.T. Realmuto, the up-and-coming Alec Bohm, Jean Segura, Brandon Marsh, and Rhys Hoskins, among others.
That’s a pretty impressive group right there.
Imagine adding a piece of Trea Turner‘s caliber to that lineup.
Turner, as you may remember, was a 2019 World Series champion with the Washington Nationals and was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Max Scherzer in 2021.
He spent an incredibly productive season-and-a-half in Los Angeles.
In 2022, he had 21 home runs, 101 runs scored, 100 RBI, 27 stolen bases, and a .298/.343/.466 line.
Those numbers, plus his impressive 6.3 Wins Above Replacement (WAR), are worthy of MVP consideration in any given year.
They also helped him earn $300 million from the Phillies.
The best part of Turner’s offensive profile is his versatility.
Where will the @Phillies bat Trea Turner? pic.twitter.com/lyDP2jVVKO
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) February 23, 2023
Earlier in his career, Turner had very modest power but true 80-grade speed that allowed him to steal bases almost at will.
As he aged, the thefts have been slowly diminishing, but the power has been increasing.
It has been a necessary trend in his development, as speed is one of the first tools to decline in a player.
Power, on the other hand, can help him remain productive for years after his prime passes.
In the last two years, Turner has hit 49 home runs.
He has contact, the ability to take walks, speed, and power.
Those four traits make him an excellent fit at any of the first three lineup spots.
In any case, managers should have their best hitters in the very first spots of the lineup.
Despite the talent in Philadelphia, Turner certainly qualifies.
He is likely to hit leadoff most of the season, and he will be more than fine there.NEXT: Former MLB Catcher Comments On A Top Prospect's Return