The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today got a high-octane boost, as they announced the signing of fleet-footed outfielder Johnni Turbo.
The former Atlantic League champion and All-Star will begin his third season with the Ducks and 16th in professional baseball. Turbo batted .301 with a .357 on-base percentage, seven home runs, 31 stolen bases, 68 runs scored, 95 hits, 14 doubles, and a triple in 102 games during the 2021 season.
“Johnni can change the game with his speed and is a terrific hitter,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “He has been an important part of our team the past two seasons, and we are excited to have him back.”
In his two campaigns with Long Island, the 33-year-old speedster has amassed a .290 batting average with 169 hits, 111 runs, 35 extra-bases hits, 64 stolen bases, and an .853 stolen bases percentage.
Turbo hopes to blast his way to success this coming season, at least duplicating his past accomplishments as he helps the Ducks claim another Atlantic League title.
“My goals this year are to bring my ‘turbo’ speed to the basepaths, help take our team back to the championship, and win a ring,” Turbo said. “I love the fans on Long Island and the excitement they bring to the game. I look forward to inspiring the future youth of baseball.”
The Los Angeles native previously played in the Atlantic League with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (2016) and the now-defunct Bridgeport Bluefish (2017), winning the Atlantic League batting title (.337 average) and earning an All-Star Game selection with Bridgeport. He also has spent time in the Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels, and Baltimore Orioles organizations, reaching Triple-A with the Angels and Orioles.
The Phillies originally selected Turbo in the fourth round of the 2006 MLB amateur draft.
— Jerry Del Priore