Turner, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound junior, is considered to have top-of-the-lineup speed and a good eye at the plate, as well as above average fielding skills. However, subpar bat speed makes it tough to project him as a major league hitter. He batted .321 for NC State this season and led the Atlantic Coast Conference in runs and steals, while ranking among ACC leaders with 12 doubles and eight home runs. Last year he led the Wolf Pack in batting at .368. As a freshman, the Florida native led the NCAA with 57 stolen bases.
Turner was drafted out of high school by the Pirates, but felt he would benefit from three years of college, while maturing and filling out physically.
Last year the Padres spent their No. 1 pick on Mississippi State slugger Hunter Renfroe. The power-hitting outfielder has been steadily making his way up the Padres' minor league rungs. In 2011 the Padres drafted infielder Cory Spangenburg first.
In the second round the Padres chose Gainesville, Ga., high school outfielder Michael Gettys, who they had projected to be gone before their 51st slot. The draft will run throughout the day and conclude on Saturday. Gettys, 18, is considered a true centerfielder with power and bat speed.
Per a formula set up with the MLB Players Association, Turner is assigned a signing value of $2.73 million, while Gettys slots at $1.083 million. Gettys is committed to attend the University of Georgia, but Padres representatives said they're confident they will sign both players.
Turner indicated on a televised interview that he is ready to sign and start his pro career quickly.
The draft continues Friday and concludes Saturday.
The only No. 1 draft pick on the Padres roster is pitcher Tim Stauffer, who was picked in 2003.