Padres send shortstop prospect Turner to Minors camp

Padres send shortstop prospect Turner to Minors camp

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres reassigned shortstop Trea Turner to Minor League camp on Monday, where he'll join the organization's prospect mini-camp in progress.

"It's been great. It's been everything I've hoped for and more," Turner said last week of his first Major League camp experience.

Turner, the team's No. 1 Draft pick in 2014 and the No. 8 shortstop prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com, will be with the Nationals come June as the player to be named in a December trade that netted San Diego Wil Myers from Tampa Bay. Turner spent two-plus weeks in big league camp.

Padres manager Bud Black said he hopes that Turner benefited from the experience.

"Any time a young player [can come to big league camp] … it's very beneficial, coming to rub shoulders with [Matt] Kemp and [Justin] Upton and [Ian] Kennedy and [Joaquin] Benoit, it's a great experience for these guys to be around our coaches and players," Black said. "To see our system, to see what a Major League player does, as far as work ethic, what they do during the course of the day to prepare, is a great experience."

Top Prospects: Turner, SD

The team added shortstop prospect Jose Rondon (No. 7 prospect in the organization) and Turner to its big league camp, during which the pair was able to take part in morning workouts and, in Turner's case, actually get into Cactus League games.

Turner was 0-for-1 with a strikeout and a stolen base in three games.

Turner worked closely with Padres third-base coach Glenn Hoffman, who works with the infielders.

"He makes ground balls pretty fun, he brings a lot of energy to practice and meetings," Turner said. "We play games out there and he helps you get better. It's been awesome working with him."

Turner, part of a wild three-team trade that the Padres pulled off in December, will become property of the Nationals after one year passes since he signed his first professional contract.

After mini-camp, Turner will join the rest of the Minor League position players when they report to camp next week. He then figures to open the regular season with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore of the California League.

With Monday's roster move, the Padres have 60 players in big league camp.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.