MLB fans often debate about the best players at each position.
Shortstop always results in a hot discussion, because there are so many worthy candidates.
“Trea Turner since May 10 (Among MLB Shortstops): 41 hits (1st); .347 AVG (1st); .405 OBP (1st); .593 SLG (1st); 178 wRC+ (1st); 1.8 fWAR (1st); 9 SB (1st); 6 HR (T-2nd); 9 2B (T-2nd); 28 RBI (2nd),” Dodgers reporter Blake Harris tweeted.
Trea Turner since May 10 (Among MLB Shortstops)
41 hits (1st)
.347 AVG (1st)
.405 OBP (1st)
.593 SLG (1st)
178 wRC+ (1st)
1.8 fWAR (1st)
9 SB (1st)
6 HR (T-2nd)
9 2B (T-2nd)
28 RBI (2nd) pic.twitter.com/mGFKu5n2TM
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) June 10, 2022
Comparing Turner With Some Of The League’s Top Shortstops
Only Tatis has the kind of power-speed upside that Turner has, but is much more injury-prone and considerably worse defensively.
Correa and Lindor are better defensively, but they don’t come close to Turner’s category “juice” (ability to hit homers and steal bases).
Turner is the best pure hitter among MLB shortstops, as his career .303/.358/.491 batting line is the envy of many of his mates at the position.
We are talking about a man capable of stealing 46 bases in a season, as he did in 2017, and hit 28 homers, as he did last year.
He has 46 RBI and is well on his way to his first career 100-RBI campaign.
And he does all this while providing excellent defense at a premium position.
Turner will hit free agency after the season and is about to become a very, very rich man, no matter where he lands.
The Dodgers are the favorites to land his services for the long term, but it will cost a fortune.
Any contract he signs will be deserving for this underrated, game-changing talent.