2024 Phillies Player Spotlight: Trea Turner

With the 2024 MLB season bearing down on us. We here at EOP will spotlight a Phillies player every week until the start of the 2024 season. We will highlight their 2023 season, strengths, weaknesses, and 2024 projections. This week we will highlight Shortstop Trea Turner.      

The Phillies front office made arguably the biggest signing in free agency last offseason with the addition of Trea Turner. His presence ranked as the organization’s second biggest signing following the addition of Harper in February 2019.

Fans and the team viewed the addition of the shortstop as the missing piece that would put Philadelphia over the top to win a World Series. Turner finished the regular season batting. 266 with 26 homers, 76 RBI, five triples, and 35 doubles.

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Strengths

Ranked seventh in the NL in multi-hit games (49), T-8th un hits (170), ninth in steals (30), and 10th in runs (102). His average sprint speed of 30.3 feet per second-ranked fifth out of 582 qualified players for the second straight season.

Weakness

Turner endured his struggles in his first season with the Phillies. 2023 was his least productive year offensively as a starting shortstop. He had a .266/.320/.459 line with a career-high 150 strikeouts in 639 at-bats. The 30-year-old infielder had a tough year in the field with a new career-high in errors (23) in 153 games. His .960 fielding percentage was one of the lowest of his career.

Following a standing ovation from Phillies fans before his first at-bat during a contest in August, Turner managed to salvage his season to a degree. His .333/.376/.685 (August) and .299/.364/.567 (September) lines were the sort of production expected from him offensively.

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2024 Projection

He will be motivated for a much improved second season offensively and defensively with the Phillies in 2024. Philadelphia signed him to a massive contract (11-year, $300 million) last offseason. Turner needs to have a much better season in 2024, or this deal could begin to look like a terrible decision by the front office.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.

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