Now that the 2012 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) as our Mets 101 Player Review series returns. In each review we will take a look at one player's 2012 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2013. Today we will look at infielder Justin Turner.
2012 Stats: 94 Games, 171 At Bats, 46 Hits, 20 Runs, .269 Batting Average, 2 Home Runs, 19 RBI's
2012 Story: Justin Turner spent the majority of 2012 as the Mets' super sub. Turner filled in wherever needed, and usually stepped up with a solid effort both in the field and at the plate. Turner spent some time on the disabled list after badly spraining his ankle in May, which came right as he got the opportunity to enter the mix at shortstop due to injuries. Turner was pressed into duty at short after both Ruben Tejada and Ronny Cedeno got hurt, and he did an admirable job filling in. After Tejada and Cedeno returned Turner found his way back into his supersub role, where he remained for the rest of the year.
Contract Status: Pre-Arbitration Eligible
Odds of Returning: 95 Percent
2013 Role: Infield Super Sub
Justin Turner is not going anywhere, which is great news for the Citi Field faithful. Turner has become a fan favorite due to his hard work, hustle, and signature red hair. Turner's continued ability to deliver with the bat off the bench as well as his newfound ability to play shortstop makes Turner a very valuable man to have around for the Mets. Turner is one of the team's better right handed bench options right now, and even though he does not possess much power he can still go the other way with the best of them.
Check back later on as Mets 101 Player Review Series takes a look at outfielder Jordany Valdespin!
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