North Carolina State’s fall World Series concluded Tuesday, and dynamic shortstop Trea Turner showed his ankle has healed and his top-of-the scale-speed has returned.
As a freshman in 2012, Turner led the NCAA in steals, going 57-for-61 (.934). Turner, who averaged nearly a steal a game, had more steals than over half of DI teams.
The preseason All-America shortstop, Turner started the 2013 season strong, hitting .464/.522/.893 with eight steals in as many attempts in his first 15 games. Then Turner suffered a severe high ankle sprain that placed him in a protective boot, and he was expected to miss four to six weeks. He returned much quicker than expected, managing to play in 56 games. But his game-changing speed diminished because of the injury, as he ran much less frequently (22 steals in 41 remaining games) with a significantly reduced success rate (.785), despite reaching base more often (.455 on-base percentage) than his freshman year (.432).
Scouts that saw USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team this summer said that Turner was not 100 percent three to four months after the initial injury.
Turner’s speed is back in a big way this fall. The lean 6-foot-1, 171-pound Turner ran the 60-yard dash in 6.32 seconds at NC State’s scout day two weeks ago.
On a bunt Tuesday evening, the righthanded hitting Turner ran through first base in the 3.5 second range, which easily clears the threshold for 80-grade speed. A few days prior, Turner got through first base in the 4.0-4.1 second range although he significantly slowed up his final few steps. The video is posted below.