Trea Turner has been a show-stopper in the majors with his ability to hit for power and his speed on the basepaths.
He combined those tools again to tie a record for the most times achieving one of the rarest feats in baseball.
On Wednesday, the Nationals shortstop tripled in the sixth inning of Washington’s game against the Rays to complete the third cycle of his MLB career, tying him with Adrian Beltre, Babe Herman and Bob Meusel for the modern (since 1900) MLB mark. John Reilly had three cycles in the 1800s.
Turner first hit for the cycle on April 25, 2017, against the Rockies. He did it again two seasons later, on July 23, 2019, again vs. Colorado.
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It’s not hard to see why Turner — who turned 28 on Wednesday — has pulled off the feat multiple times in his career. He’s one of the fastest players in baseball, with Statcast putting his sprint speed at 30.7 mph, tying him with Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro for second-fastest runner in the game behind only the Padres’ Jorge Mateo (30.9 mph). He also has a hard-hit rate of 46.3 percent, putting him in the 75th percentile in the game.
In every season he has been in the majors, Turner has put together a dangerous power-speed combination. He has hit at least 11 home runs and stolen at least 12 bases in every full season — and he had at least 33 steals from 2016 to 2019.
For his career, he has 491 singles, 133 doubles, 31 triples and 89 home runs to go with 189 stolen bases.