#4 Gionti Turner
Don’t let this ranking fool you, I am very high on the young middle infielder. In fact, I think Turner could be a good MLB player one day. His age and unpolished playing ability is what lands him at #4.
Position: 2B, SS, CF
Age: 18 (Aug. 17, 2000)
2019 Level: GCL or Rookie League
Draft: 27th Rd, 2018
He is fast. In fact he is very fast. He is a plus athlete who needs to bulk up some, but don’t worry he has plenty of time to do so. According to some, he has the skills to stick in centerfield, which he tried during his professional debut in the Arizona League. He is young and was drafted late but stood out among his peers.
He is aggressive and will need to learn patience at the plate, but he plays at 100% all the time. Only time will tell as to whether or not Gionti Turner will reach the bigs, but I believe he has the ability to do so. I think his ceiling is high and he has drawn comparisons to Dee Gordon, pointing to his top of the line speed and his ability to hit for average. He may turn into the Tony Kemp type of ball player, providing speed off the bench and average defense at second or in the outfield.
If you can’t tell, I like Gionti Turner a lot and predict big things in the coming years. For a more detailed scouting report on the young new Tampa Bay Rays prospect, click here.