Rob Thomson hints at where Trea Turner will hit in the Phillies order
When the Phillies signed Trea Turner this offseason, one of the first questions that came up was, where will he hit in the batting order.
Well we way have finally got that answer.
When Turner was asked during his introductory press conference, he tip-toed around answering the question with humor.
One Thursday, it seems that manager Rob Thomson gave a more concrete answer...kinda.
Speaking on MLB Network, Thomson said "before Harper gets back I think we're probably going to have him in the leadoff spot."
The Phillies skipper mentioned Turner high on-base, high slugging percentage, saying "we need that". He mentioned having more guys on base for when Kyle Schwarber and J.T Realmuto come to the plate.
The 29-year-old slashed .298/.343/.466 with 21 home runs, 100 RBI, 101 runs scored, and 27 stolen bases in 708 plate appearances last year with the Dodgers.
Turner was inked to a 11-year, $300 million contract, and will have to produce for the Phillies with Bryce Harper out of the lineup until at least the All-Star Break.
So with Turner hitting in the leadoff spot, where does Schwarber land?
Likely to the No. 2 spot in the order behind Turner.