Justin Turner swatted two home runs on Saturday, impressing the club’s decision-makers with his surprising power. Turner, who was acquired in the offseason trade for Ramon Hernandez, will likely start the season at Triple-A Norfolk.
But if he hits there, he may cement himself a future as a big-league utilityman. Turner is currently behind Ryan Freel and Ty Wigginton on that part of the depth chart, but he’s young and likely has his best baseball still in front of him.
“I’m just going out there trying to play hard and make a good first impression on them. Hopefully, it sticks,” he said. “Maybe they’ll remember somewhere down the road this year.”
Baltimore had eight homers in the first 15 spring games before exploding for six Saturday. Felix Pie, Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold and Donnie Murphy also went deep.