Top Draft pick Turner takes in Petco Park

No. 13 overall selection made rapid progress over 69 games in Minor Leagues

Top Draft pick Turner takes in Petco Park

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres used the No. 13 overall pick in June on shortstop Trea Turner, they were no doubt hoping he would arrive at Petco Park sooner than later.

But Friday afternoon?

Sure enough, Turner was at Petco Park on Friday, though the 21-year-old, with 69 professional games under his belt, was just here to take batting practice and field ground balls while the front-office staff and manager Bud Black got a look at him.

"It's good for the young man and a perk for him," Black said. "He made strides as the summer went on, which is a great sign. We're exposing him to a lot of things."

Turner, who posted a .323/.406/.448 line between two Minor League stops, will next head to Arizona in October to play in the Arizona Fall League among baseball's top prospects. For now, the North Carolina State product was content with his weekend in San Diego with his girlfriend and family.

"It's awesome being here," he said.

Turner hit .228 with short-season Eugene in 23 games before he was promoted to Class A Fort Wayne, where he flourished, hitting .369 with a .447 on-base percentage in 216 plate appearances with four home runs, 22 RBIs and 14 steals. Defensively, he made three errors in 36 games at shortstop.

"A lot of ups and downs," Turner said of his first professional season. "It started off a little rough but I started to figure it out a little bit; how to play the game, how to make adjustments. I started slow then started to get in a groove and hit some balls harder, and I think I took that into Fort Wayne."

Turner, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 175 pounds, talked about getting stronger in the offseason, though not at the cost of losing his agility and one of his best assets -- his speed.

"There's a fine line. Obviously, you want to gain some weight and get stronger so you don't wear down and lose weight and maybe drive the ball a little more," Turner said. "But I want to keep the speed and stay quick. That's a big part of my game, maybe the biggest part."

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