2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Justin Turner
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
As one of the pioneers of the fly ball revolution, Justin Turner continues to produce when he’s on the field, but therein lies the trepidation. Turner appeared in 151 games in 2016, 130 games in 2017 and only 103 games last year. Although the injuries can be fluky, it needs to be baked into his projections for 2019.
Turner scored 62 runs with 14 home runs, 52 RBI, two stolen bases and a robust .312/.406/.518 slash line in only 365 at-bats last year. He walked in 11 percent of plate appearances, only struck out 12.7 percent of the time and produced an isolated power over two hundred. Plus, Turner also generated more line drives (26.2 percent) than ground balls (29.4 percent) yet recorded a 45 percent hard hit rate.
After Turner’s return on August second, he reached safely in 51 of his last 53 games with 41 runs, 23 doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 32 RBI and an eye popping .357/.449/.618 slash line. During this time frame, Turner ranked first in average along with second...