College Baseball Daily kicks off our countdown to the start of the 2014 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today at number 95 with Vanderbilt third baseman Xavier Turner. The sophomore was named to the 2013 SEC All-Freshman Team, after hitting .324 over the ‘Dores season, which was the second highest average among starting players. The Sandusky, Ohio native is no stranger to being a top performer in his sport.
While attending Sandusky High School, X (as he claims his nickname to be,) set the record for a single-season batting average at .605 and ranks fifth all-time in the state of Ohio in hits. His performances in high school led him to be drafted in the 34th round of the 2012 draft by the Boston Red sox. He was a three-time First Team All-District, three-time member of the All-Ohio Team and was named District Player of the year twice. Baseball isn’t the only sport that Turner has shined through. He lettered four years in basketball and two years in football.
Vandy coach Tim Corbin say that Turner is a “strong-bodied player” who will help the ‘Dores baseball program. Corbin also said that Turner’s “offensive game is mature beyond his years.” Turner did not participate in summer ball after he underwent surgery on his right elbow.
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