If you’re a baseball fan, you probably know Washington Nationals star Trea Turner, the speedy shortstop who finished second in National League rookie of the year voting last year.
But do you know Trey Turner, the right-handed pitcher from Missouri State University?
MLB Draft watchers everywhere did a double take Tuesday night when Washington used its 10th round pick (313 overall) to draft Trey, adding him to an organization that already features Trea.
— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 13, 2017
This pick naturally caused some degree of (mostly mock) confusion, including from a rival MLB team.
WAIT A MINUTE
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 13, 2017
The Nationals’ Twitter account, however, found some humor in the situation.
*shuts down secret cloning lab*
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 13, 2017
Washington drafting Trey Turner seems to support the theory that 80 percent of the MLB Draft is just teams trolling. For what it’s worth, Trey, a junior, struck out 22 batters in 13 1/3 innings for Missouri State before undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.
Unsurprisingly, Trey would like a chance to play alongside Trea one day.
Nationals draftee Trey Turner on Nationals' Trea Turner: "I'd love the opportunity [to play with him]. Trea is an absolute stud."
— Devan Fink (@DevanFink) June 13, 2017
The Nationals have had some good luck with that name before, so maybe we’ll see Trey in the show before long.