SS Trea Turner
When Turner got the call up from triple-A Syracuse last season, the lineup got an instant spark. Despite having to learn a new position, Turner did not miss a beat as he hit .342 and had 13 home runs in 73 games en route to finishing in second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.
Of course, Turner will be one of those possible leadoff options that Baker can turn to during the season. But, I think he can do a good job hitting in the number two spot. For one, it would make for some interesting options for Baker if he wants to go to the hit-and-run strategy.
But, with Turner’s 13 home runs last season, I think he can be a good power option out of the number two spot. He did have 3.8 pitches per plate appearance last year, so he can take some pitches and work the count. However, at times, he was very aggressive at the plate.
During this spring training, it will be interesting to watch Turner play shortstop on a full time basis again. But, another aspect of his game to watch will be how he works the count in some of these exhibition games.
One thing’s for certain, if Eaton can get on base on a regular basis and with Turner’s ability to hit triples, the Nats could find themselves with more instant offense in the first inning of games in 2017. At the very least, those two can set up the power hitters that follow them in the lineup.