Trea Turner can't match Carlos Rodon's ascent to the Major Leagues, but if Turner keeps cookin' in 2015, he might not be far off. While Rodon cracked the bigs less than a year after his final collegiate appearance, Turner's been plenty impressive in his own right, having already reached the highest level of the minors.
On Sunday, Turner participated in the Futures Game, which showcases some of the top talent in the minor leagues. He didn't start, but he nonetheless got a couple of plate appearances and made the most of them (this video includes some super annoying music, so beware if you're at work; really just beware in general):
This has been a breakout year for Turner, not that his 2014 debut was bad. It's just that this year he's handled a promotion to AA without missing a beat and is off to a solid start in AAA following his recent promotion. Turner has hit for average at almost every stop, and in his brief minor league career sports a .320 batting average. In 68 games at the AA level, playing in both the San Diego and Washington organizations, he hit .327/.382/.477.
He played only 10 games for Washington's AA team before they'd seen enough and sent him to AAA Syracuse, which is where he is at this point, on the cusp of a shot with the big club. He is nearly five years younger than the typical AAA player, and has been younger than the league average at every stop, which helps to put his production into context.
That's why his stock has done nothing but rise since the start of the year, and why he might be suiting up in a Nationals uniform some time this season.