"We really liked the athleticsm and the hand-eye coordination that he brings to the table. He can get a little lengthy at times with his swing, but he has gap-to-gap power and maybe a little more."
Turner was drafted in the twenty-first round of the 2011 draft by the Boston Red Sox and turned down a reported $500,000 according to Baseball America to go to NC State. In three years with the Wolfpack Turner hit .342/.435/.507 with 113 stolen bases in 127 attempts.
Many draft pundits have speculated that the Padres were almost exclusively on college bats, an assertion that MacDonald disputes.
"We always scout the whole country and don't pigeon-hole ourselves into one particular category. We take the most talented player and for us this year it was Trea."
With the second pick, which was made by long time Padres' favorite Randy Jones, San Diego Michael Gettys.
"This was one of the better tool packages that was in the draft," MacDonald said on the Georgia high school outfielder. "He's a premium athlete that can run with power and a chance for plus power."
John Manuel of Baseball America on the MLB Draft show stated that Gettys might have the most physical tools since Mike Trout, and certainly as many as last year's pair of first round outfielders from Georgia, Austin Meadows and Clint Frazier, but he didn't perform quite as well as expected during the spring.
"He came out a little slow and may have put too much pressure on himself," MacDonald said on Getty's fall in the draft. Still quite a few pundits still had him going in the bottom of the first round.
"But we still liked what we saw very much and like with Trea, were kind of surprised he was still around when it came to our turn."
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