While the San Diego Padres have a generational shortstop in Fernando Tats Jr., their decision to trade Trea Turner came back to haunt them Monday with the Washington Nationals in town.
Turner took the first pitch he saw and launched it into the second deck at Petco Park, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead against the team that drafted him.
“Trea Turner hitting second-deck HRs at Petco Park……just how SD drew it up when they drafted him in 2014.@treavturner // #NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/ZMk5wUb4Jd — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 6, 2021″
Turner was acquired by Washington as part of a 2014 three-team trade that sent Wil Myers and three other players to the San Diego Padres, Steven Souza Jr. and prospect Travis Ott to the Tampa Bay Rays, and Turner to Washington to join Joe Ross.
The move proved to be a steal for the Nationals, as Turner blossomed into a star at shortstop and Ross established himself as a reliable starter.
Turner has been a menace throughout his career when facing the Padres.
He was batting.295 with three home runs and a.939 OPS in 17 games against them prior to Monday’s game.