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The Cleveland Guardians selected Tyresse Turner- SS in the 13th round (391st overall) of the 2022 MLB Draft.

Tyresse Turner – SS

School: USC
Age: 22.5; Ht: 5’10; Wt: 170
Throws: Right; Bats: Both

Pre-Draft Rankings: 

GBI – Rounds 8-10 (older- senior sign)
Baseball America – 186
Prospects Live – 245
Perfect Game– 414

Willie Hood’s Analysis:

Drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 38th round in 2019, Turner decided to honor his collegiate commitment at the University of Southern Cal. As a freshman in 2020, he hit .257 with 7 walks, 6 stolen bases and 4 strikeouts in 35 at-bats. 2021 brought improvement and more playing time, as Turner hit .268 with 3 homers, 19 stolen bases, while striking out a tick below 20% of his at-bats and walking a shade below 9%. Returning to USC for his junior season in 2022, Turner had his best season of his young baseball career. The switch-hitter hit .330, stole 17 bases, swatted 6 home runs, and took 25 walks (10.87%) to 27 strikeouts (11.74%).

Turner has premium double-plus speed on the base paths. He is another in a draft class full of contact-oriented hitters by the Guardians. The switch-hitting infielder/outfielder lacks power and profiles more as a slash and dasher at the plate. Defensively, he lacks the arm strength to handle shortstop (as he was announced) and could shift between second base, center, and left field as a pro. A former shortstop, he is fluid around second base, with speed, and athleticism. Versatility, speed, and his ability to get on base will dictate his future in the organization. The soon-to-be-former Trojans infielder is expected to sign in the coming days.

Press Release:

The switch-hitting shortstop slashed .330/.397/.524 over 51 games/starts as a junior in 2022, recording 15 doubles, two
triples, six homers, 15 RBI and 15 stolen bases while leading the team in OPS (.943), walks (25), runs (tied, 40), doubles and
steals, earning himself a spot on the All-Pac-12 Team, in addition to conference all-defensive team honors. The year prior,
Turner batted .268 with 33 runs scored, nine extra-base hits and 14 RBI over 40 games/39 starts as a sophomore. In his
freshman season, he appeared in 14 contests with USC, batting .257 while reaching base at a .372 clip; finished the year
without committing an error.

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