It’s been fascinating to see the progress Murchael Turner has made since first appearing with the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series.
“Young player,” read his first scouting report back at the Orlando Pro Day in 2020.
“Just learning the game.”
Now? He was a no-brainer selection to the upcoming Main Event, set for Fenway Park between September 29-October 1, after yet another strong showing at the most recent National Combine in Nashville.
“I’ve been a part of the Future Stars Series family for three years now, and I have nothing but good things to say about the organization,” Turner said. “The development is second to none.”
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Turner has appeared at multiple signature events, including last year’s Underclass Elite in Frisco, where he continued to show significant progress. But, it was at the National Combine where he seemed to really put it all together as a member of a stacked Columbia Blue team. Even then, however, he hasn’t rested on that success.
“Since the last event, I have worked on my arm strength and pitch selection a lot,” he said. “The development staff helped me a lot, as they helped me load earlier which leads to seeing the ball longer. That all helped with my pitch selection.”
The Georgia Premier Academy standout will certainly enjoy having the backdrop of Fenway Park to pick which pitches he wants to send towards the Green Monster, saying that playing in a big league park, no less one with this kind of history, will “forever be a surreal experience.”
“I am very excited about every aspect of playing in Fenway, but I am definitely excited to take batting practice,” he said. “Hitting batting practice on a big league, let alone a historic stadium like Fenway should be fun. Plus, the Green Monster is a feat I want to conquer.”
With seemingly a laundry list of big league scouts and high-ranking officials set to attend, Turner knows he’ll need to show what he can do in the games as well, something he’s confident he’ll be able to as he continues to refine that hitting approach since Nashville.
“I would love to show scouts and executives my plus bat speed and great bat to ball skills,” he said.
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