“I didn’t really come from an athletic background where sports was everything,” Brian said. “I’m a self-taught baseball player. We didn’t have instruction and stuff back then. I basically just went through the school of hard knocks. If this didn’t work, then I tried something different.

“We didn’t talk about mechanics . . . I never had to worry about that. All I had to worry about was, ‘How can I hit the ball hard consistently?’ I didn’t know anything else.”

So that’s what he teaches at Turnin 2, and that’s what he has taught Brice. Brian thinks about it in the same way that he thinks about learning how to walk. Once you figure out how to put one foot in front of the other and avoid tripping and falling over, not a lot of thought is needed. It’s natural. Simple. Basic. Easy.

“After you’re walking, you’re fine,” Brian said. “How long have you been swinging a bat? Almost as long as you’ve been walking. So why are we working on these simple, easy mechanics (if) it’s not working?”
Players begin to realize that hitting mechanics aren’t as important as results.

“At the end of the day, if I’m not barreling up the ball, I don’t care how good my mechanics are,” Brian said.

That simple approach has served Brice well. Scouts have already started comparing him with Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson while raving about his poise in the batter’s box.

“He’s a really advanced guy,” said a scout with an American League club. “He looks the part. He has that kind of body. He’s got the look to him . . . Just always stays cool and controlled.”

It’s easy to stay calm when you’ve grown up on the baseball (and softball) field, regularly playing with older, more advanced players. Brice learned from his four sisters and his mom. Last summer he learned from Nick Allen–the top defensive shortstop among high school players in the 2017 draft class–and No. 2 overall pick Hunter Greene. They all played on the same Area Code Games team. He’s learned from his father Brian, who has passed down everything he figured out on his own journey to the big leagues.

But in the end, Brice will separate himself from his family and from other top Southern California prospects. He’ll make a name for himself–if he hasn’t already.

“You’re Brice Turang,” Brian remembers saying to his son, who is bigger, faster and more advanced than he was at age 17. “You don’t hit like your dad, or your mom, or your sisters. You hit like Brice . . .
“If you put your mind to it, and you truly, truly went after it this year, you could be a year and a half to two years away from the big leagues. You could be in the big leagues at 20.”

Along these lines, Brian always encourages Brice to set his goals high. Don’t just make the varsity team as a freshman–be the best player on the varsity team as a freshman. Don’t just dream about being drafted. Think bigger than that.

“My goal is to be the No. 1 pick of the draft,” Brice said.

If he accomplishes that goal, he will join Royce Lewis and Mickey Moniak as the third successive SoCal prep to go No. 1 overall.