Nats’ prospect Trea Turner gets his cup of coffee, gets sent back down

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Top prospect Trea Turner was called up by the Nationals on Friday to fill the roster spot vacated by Ryan Zimmerman, who went out on paternity leave. Turner went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk on Friday night but, apart from a pinch-running appearance, he sat on Saturday and Sunday. Now he’s been sent back down as Zimmerman returns to the team.

Sorry prospect junkies.

So far this season, with Triple-A Syracuse, Turner is batting .310/.376/.472 with three home runs, 24 RBI, 38 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases. That suggests the 22 year-old has nothing left to prove in the minors. However, when the big club is in first place, a long-tenured veteran is in front of you and keeping you in the minors longer gives the club an advantage as far as service time goes, you’re gonna get sent down most of the time in that situation.

Even if that long-tenured veteran is hitting .196.