Michael Turner turned one year with Hogs into draft spot with White Sox

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Michael Turner’s one season in Arkansas was memorable.

The Razorbacks catcher transferred from Kent State before the 2021 season and proceeded to hit .323/.388/.502 and win Stillwater Regional MVP.

That performance led to Turner being selected in the ninth round of the 2022 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox, becoming the third Arkansas-related player taken by the organization through the first two days of the draft. Peyton Pallette and Jordan Sprinkle, who announced his transfer destination as Arkansas from Cal-Santa Barbara just over a week ago, were taken earlier.

Turner was Arkansas’ seventh player taken overall, which is the most in school history within the first 10 rounds.

Turner’s most recognition nationally came after the SEC Tournament when local sports radio host Derek Ruscin had unkind words about him after the Diamond Hogs were eliminated in two games, earning Ruscin a suspension.

Turner followed the SEC Tournament with an 8-for-18 performance at the Stillwater Regional where he had two walks, two home runs, a double, nine RBIs and seven runs.

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