2010 Orioles Retrospective: Justin Turner

Justin Turner was called up early in the season to provide some infield depth with Brian Roberts on the DL, but he only stuck around for a couple weeks. He went hitless in his 9 at bats playing mostly second-base (with a couple innings at short), and then was sent back down to Triple-A where he hit just .250/.319/.381. In the middle of May, the Orioles needed a roster spot for Scott Moore so they designated Turner for assignment and he was picked up by the Mets on waivers (for whom he .333/.390/.516 in the minors). As a guy with solid contact skills and an ability to play multiple positions (if not exceptionally well), Turner has a chance to find a place as a utility player (especially in the NL). While it’s not a huge loss for the Orioles, giving away cheap talent isn’t usually a great way for bad teams to improve. With Ryan Freel’s departure last year and Turner’s this year, that means only Brandon Waring (the 24 year-old corner infielder hit .242/.338/.458 in Double-A this season) is left in the O’s organization amongst players acquired from the Reds in the Ramon Hernandez deal.