After his junior season in 2005, the New York Yankees selected him in the 29th round of the MLB draft. Turner didn't sign, however, and returned to hit .355 with four home runs and 43 RBIs in 65 games for the Titans as a senior in 2006. He also had 19 doubles, 20 stolen bases and 63 runs scored. Following the season, Turner shared Big West Player of the Year honors with Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, who was playing for Long Beach State. The Reds picked Turner in the seventh round of the 2006 MLB draft.