Dodgers infielder Justin Turner was critical of Cardinals SS Maysn Winn on the Starting 9 Podcast
In recent years, younger players have been getting flack from older players for how they play the game, and now St. Louis Cardinals prospect Maysn Winn is the latest example of this.
On a recent episode of the Starting 9 podcast on Barstool Sports, Justin Turner referenced “that shortstop” (in reference to Maysn Winn) who threw a 100 mph strike to first base on a groundball during the MLB Futures Game. He went on to say how this is bad defense and explained why fans should not be excited about this (Warning: NSFW).
You are not alone if you find it odd that Turner is getting upset about a prospect showing off his arm strength in a showcase game. Twitter has exploded with responses to Turner, unsure of why he felt the need to rip a prospect like Winn.
Winn is a top ranked prospect in the game due in large part to his defense. MLB.com has Winn’s defense graded at a 60 and arm at an 80 tool, the highest possible grade given. Winn has backed up those tools thus far in his minor league career. Turner, on the other hand, is not known for his defense by any means, and has nowhere near the range or arm talent of Winn.
Ultimately, these comments from Turner will have no impact on Winn’s career. The 20-year old has been a true professional to this point, and will continue to work to show the rest of the league just how talented he is. Not only does Winn have future Gold Glover written all over him, he has hit this year as well, posting a .853 OPS in 2022.
The Cardinals Double-A affiliate, which Winn currently plays for, made light of this exchange soon after the video went viral.
It won’t be long before Winn and his cannon of an arm makes his big league debut, and he is sure to make highlight reels for years to come with his throws from shortstop. Hopefully Turner can learn to appreciate his talent, because the rest of baseball surely will.