Washington Nationals Call Up Top Prospect Trea Turner

July 8th, 2016

On Friday, the Washington Nationals placed Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list with a left rib cage strain and called up top prospect Trea Turner to take his place. Turner, rated as the Nationals' No.1 prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America, entered the season in a top-10 prospect in all of baseball and his numbers this season have done nothing but support those rankings.

This season for Triple-A Syracuse, Turner has torn the cover off the baseball with a .302 batting average, .372 on-base percentage and 25 stolen bases. His ability to make solid contact and use his speed has been on display plenty of times this season and it earned him a brief promotion to Washington earlier in the season when Ryan Zimmerman went on paternity leave for three days.

While it's unknown how long Zimmerman will be out, Turner's role right now is likely a bench player who can serve as a pinch runner and utility fielder. While he has extreme upside in fantasy dynasty leagues and is a must-own, he is a riskier pickup in non-keeper leagues given the limited at bats.

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