First-rounder Turner signs with Padres

First-rounder Turner signs with Padres

NEW YORK -- Shortstop Trea Turner, the Padres' No. 13 pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, officially signed with San Diego Friday for $2.9 million according to a tweet from reporter Jim Callis.

The North Carolina State product signed above his assigned pick value -- listed at $2,723,300. According to Callis, no first-rounder in the top 22 picks in last year's draft received more than what they were assigned.

The Padres also announced the signings of outfielder Michael Gettys (second round) and right-handed pitcher Zech Lemond (third round).

Turner hit .321 for the Wolfpack this spring, rebounding after a slow start offensively. He hit eight home runs, though he offers more of a line-drive stroke.

Turner has plus-speed and finished with 26 stolen bases in 30 attempts. With continued refinement of his offensive game, he could eventually become a leadoff hitter, according to scouts.

He'll presumably head to the team's Spring Training facility in Arizona for a few days and then transfer to short-season Eugene of the Northwest League. The Emeralds began play on Friday.

Gettys was selected in the second round by the Padres with the 51st overall pick out of Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Ga. Recommended by Padres Area Scout Andrew Salvo, the 18-year-old outfielder hit for a .372 batting average (32-for-86) with seven doubles, nine home runs, 33 runs scored, 14 stolen bases and 40 RBIs.

Lemond was selected 86th overall. The right-handed pitcher from Rice University posted a 4-1 record with a 1.34 ERA (eight earned runs over 53 2/3 innings) and three saves over 15 appearances during his junior season for the Owls in 2014.

Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.