WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Trea Turner may not have been in the big leagues for an entire season in 2016, but he certainly made an impact.Turner finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Monday to Dodgers shortstop
WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Trea Turner may not have been in the big leagues for an entire season in 2016, but he certainly made an impact.
Turner finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Monday to Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who was a unanimous selection. Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda finished third. Turner and Maeda both finished with 11 second-place votes, but Turner edged him out with nine third-place votes to Maeda's four.
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Seager is also a finalist for the NL Most Valuable Player award, so his victory in this category is not surprising. But for Turner to even be included in this field is a testament to his spectacular year in Washington.
Despite playing less than half the season, Turner became the spark plug at the top of the Nationals offense. Those numbers gave Nationals fans a glimpse of how dynamic a player Turner can be.
He hit .342/.370/.567 with 13 home runs, 147 wRC+ (weighted runs created plus) and 3.5 wins above replacement, according to Baseball Reference.
He is one of only eight rookies since 1947 to play less than 100 games and still produce a WAR of at least 3.5. The others were Tom Haller (1962), Tim Raines (1981), Denard Span (2008), Brett Lawrie and Dustin Ackley (both 2011) and Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor (both 2015).
Turner collected 35 extra-base hits and stole 33 bases in just 73 games. No other rookie has reached those numbers while playing in so few games. In fact, Barry Bonds did so in 113 games in 1986.
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Turner put up these numbers while playing center field, filling a need for the Nationals after failing production forced them to convert Turner from his natural position at shortstop.
Turner made the adjustment to the outfield seem natural, even though he had only played there in six games in the Minor Leagues before Washington made him its everyday center fielder on July 19.
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But thanks to Turner's speed, athleticism and even surprising power he became one of the most important players on the Nationals, and it didn't take long to do so.
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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.