2. Justin Turner
I told you earlier, this was not a number with a lot of great choices to choose from.
Turner spent four years with the Mets before he became the player that he is with the Dodgers. He came up with the Mets in 2010 and then got called up again in 2011. This became his rookie year since he hadn’t had enough at bats in previous seasons to lose the classification. He posted five RBI game against the Astros on May 15, 2011 that included his first home run, a three-run shot. When he drove in a run on the 21st against the Yankees, he set a rookie record for the Mets by driving in a run in seven consecutive games.
His high mark with regards to the batting average was .280 in 2013. His power showed the best indicators of the future came in 2011 when, although he only hit four home runs but drove in 51. That’s a player that has gap power as well as home run power. Turner’s best positions on defense for his career have been second and first base, where he posted fielding percentages of .987 and .977 respectively.
After the 2013 season he was not tendered a contract by the Mets and he was gone. Now, who believed he was going to become THIS good as a member of the Dodgers? If you did you are smarter than Mets management because they had no idea. Some Mets fans will tell you that it’s not hard to be smarter than Mets management, but that is a different discussion. However, in a slim group of choices, Turner belongs on this list.