I'm not sure how he feels about it today but a couple of years ago my son wasn't a big fan of turf around the plate. As a catcher, a spiked 90mph fastball can be tough to handle in any conditions but turf doesn't slow it down in the least and you really hope it doesn't hit the edge of the plate. He also said "the ball doesn't feel right" whatever that meant. I assume it has to do with the lack of abrasiveness that would otherwise be present in dirt. On the flip side, an intentionally bounced low throw down to second can be really effective on turf.