Rays Prospects

Tampa Bay Rays: Ranking the 4 newest prospects

By Austin Reimann
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 26: A bat and glove sit in the Oakland Athletics dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 26, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 26: A bat and glove sit in the Oakland Athletics dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 26, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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ST PETERSBURG, FL – APRIL 16: Chih-Wei Hu #58 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the eighth inning during a game against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on April 16, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL – APRIL 16: Chih-Wei Hu #58 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the eighth inning during a game against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on April 16, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

#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

Throws/Hits: R/R

Age: 18 (Aug. 17, 2000)

2019 Level: GCL or Rookie League

Draft: 27th Rd, 2018

My thoughts:

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.

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