MLB fans often debate the best players in each position.
The shortstop always generates a lively discussion because there are so many worthy candidates.
Many people prefer the defensive prowess of Carlos Correa, while others choose the strengths of Francisco Lindor.
Xander Bogaerts, Tim Anderson, Corey Seager, Fernando Tatis Jr., Bo Bichette and Wander Franco are also worthy candidates.
But starting June 10, 2022, there may be no better shortstop in Major League Baseball than Trea Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Trea Turner since May 10 (among MLB shortstops): 41 hits (1st); .347 AVG (1st); .405 OBP (1st); .593 SLG (1st); 178 wRC+ (1st); 1.8 fWAR (1st); 9SB (1st); 6 HR (T-2e); 9 2B (T-2e); 28 RBI (2nd),” Dodgers reporter Blake Harris tweeted.
Trea Turner since May 10 (among MLB shortstops)
41 results (1st)
.347 AVG (1st)
.405 OBP (1st)
.593 SLG (1st)
178 wRC+ (1st)
1.8 fWAR (1st)
6 HR (T-2e)
9 2B (T-2e)
28 RBIs (2nd) pic.twitter.com/mGFKu5n2TM
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) June 10, 2022
Comparing Turner to some of the league’s best shortstops
Only Tatis has the kind of power-speed advantage that Turner has, but he’s far more injury-prone and considerably worse defensively.
Correa and Lindor are better defensively, but they don’t come close to the “juice” of Turner’s category (ability to hit home runs and steal bases).
Turner is the best clean hitter among MLB shortstops, as his .303/.358/.491 batting career is the envy of many of his comrades in that position.
We’re talking about a man capable of stealing 46 bases in a season, like he did in 2017, and hitting 28 home runs, like he did last year.
He has 46 RBIs and is on track for his first career 100 RBI campaign.
And he does all of this while providing excellent defense from a prime position.
Turner will enter free agency after the season and is on his way to becoming a very, very rich man no matter where he lands.
The Dodgers are the favorites to land his services in the long run, but it will cost a fortune.
Any contract he signs will be worthy of this underrated, game-changing talent.