Lake Erie ('10)
Former Lake Erie Crushers outfielder Raphael Turner became a Boomer on December 21, 2011.
Turner, 25, becomes the second member of the Boomers to bring professional experience with him to Schaumburg having spent part of the 2010 season and Spring Training in 2011 with the Lake Erie Crushers after a collegiate career at Division I Radford University in Virginia. Turner appeared in 43 games with the Crushers in 2010, collecting 22 hits including 9 doubles. Turner posted .359 on-base percentage thanks in large part to 27 walks against 31 strikeouts in Lake Erie adding 13 stolen bases as well.
A graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. where he was named to the Washington Post Honorable Mention All-Metro Team as senior, Turner was slowed by injuries in his first and last year on the Radford campus playing just two full seasons as a member of the Highlanders Baseball Team. A career .266 hitter at the Big South Conference school, Turner’s best year was his junior campaign where he batted .288 overall with an impressive .325 average with runners on base and .362 with two outs.