Justin Turner, Third Base, Los Angeles Dodgers, #10


Date of Birth: 11/23/1984
Birthplace: Long Beach, California
College: California State University, Fullerton
Current Salary: $13,000,000

Justin Turner, third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was first drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2006. After three years in the Reds' minor league system, they traded him to the Baltimore Orioles in December, 2008. He spent most of the 2009 season in the Orioles' minor league system, joining the Orioles for 12 games that year.

After five games in 2010, the Orioles designated Turner for assignment on May 21, 2010. Four days later, he was claimed off waivers by the Mets. He played in just four games with the Mets, spending the rest of the season in the minors.

Turner played in 117 games with the Mets in 2011. He finished the season with 113 hits, 30 doubles, 51 RBIs, and a .260 batting average. Defensively, he played 78 games at second base, 36 games at third base, and 1 game at shortstop. The following season was a similar one for Turner. In 2012, he had a .269 batting average in 94 games and defensively he played at all four infield positions.

In 2013, Turner had 56 hits, 13 doubles, and a .280 batting average in 86 games. He again played defensively at all four infield positions.

Turner signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in February, 2014. He played in 109 games with the Dodgers in 2014, finishing with 98 hits, 21 doubles, and a .340 batting average. In postseason play, he had two at-bats with no hits in two games.

Turner and the Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract on January 16, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 113 hits, 26 doubles, 16 home runs, 60 RBIs, and a .294 batting average in 126 games. As the Dodgers' third baseman in 100 games, he made 175 assists, 18 double plays, 39 putouts, and 9 errors. He had a strong postseason, batting .526 with 10 hits, including 6 doubles, 4 RBIs, and a stolen base in 19 at-bats in 5 games.

Turner batted .275 in 151 games with the Dodgers in 2016. He finished the season with 153 hits, 34 doubles, 27 home runs, and 90 RBIs. Defensively, as the Dodgers' third baseman in 144 games, he made 240 assists, 67 putouts, and 9 errors. In the postseason, he batted .286 with 10 hits, including a triple and 2 home runs, and 8 RBIs in 35 at-bats in 11 games.

Turner signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Dodgers on December 23, 2016.

Career batting statistics for Turner through 2016 include:

  • 704 games played
  • 583 hits
  • 138 doubles
  • 282 RBIs
  • 359 strikeouts to 176 walks
  • .282 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Turner as an infielder through 2016 include:

  • 39 games played at first base, 132 games played at second base, 381 games played at third base, 46 games played at shortstop
  • 1,007 assists
  • 149 double plays
  • 634 putouts
  • 49 errors

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Justin Turner
ESPN - Justin Turner