The Brewers announced Wednesday that Turang will attend big-league spring training as a non-roster invitee, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports. The 21-year-old is among a handful of the Brewers' top prospects who will get the opportunity to showcase his skills at big-league camp before likely being reassigned to the minors shortly before Opening Day. Since the 2020 minor-league season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Turang's last affiliated-ball action came in 2019, when he split time between Low-A Wisconsin and High-A Carolina. Though Turang provided a lowly .707 OPS between the two levels, the Brewers could still choose to have him open 2021 at Double-A Biloxi to make up for the lost developmental year.
Turang recorded his first hit of the spring in Wednesday's exhibition game against the White Sox. Turang is spending spring training with the big club for the second year in a row, and he has appeared in six games to date. It's almost certain he will be an option for the big club this season, but as one of the club's top prospects the Brewers are allowing him to get more comfortable in a major-league environment. Turang reached the High-A level last season for the first time but posted just a .615 OPS over 47 games, so it seems likely he will be assigned there to begin the 2020 campaign.
Turang was promoted to High-A Carolina on Monday, Duane Cross of MiLB.com reports. Turang's final hit for Low-A Wisconsin was a walkoff single Sunday against Beloit. The 19-year-old will move up a level after posting a .287/.384/376 line in 82 games, stealing 21 bags while hitting two homers. He hasn't shown any real power to this point, but his speed is impressive, as is his control of the plate, as he struck out just 15.1 percent of the time while posting a 13.7 percent walk rate.
Turang is 15-for-52 (.288) with five RBI, four stolen bases and an 8:9 BB:K through 14 games with Low-A Wisconsin. Turang has just three extra-base hits thus far -- all doubles -- but the 19-year-old is getting the job done in the contact and on-base departments, and is showing some speed. He has demonstrated quality plate discipline and has been efficient swiping bases since being taken in the first round last year, posting a 39:43 BB:K and 18 steals in 21 attempts over 56 minor-league games.
Turang will begin his season with Low-A Wisconsin, according to Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com. Turang appeared in 42 rookie-league games after being selected in the first round last summer, and the Brewers saw enough to have him open 2019 playing full-season ball for the first time. Turang had good results in his first year as a professional, hitting .283/.396/.352 while posting a 31:34 BB:K and notching 14 steals in 16 attempts.
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