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MLB: Meet The Dodgers’ SS Corey Seager, LA’s Newest Baseball Star
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Corey Seager looks primed to be an everyday major league player. He has been tearing up AA and AAA pitching over the course of the 2015 season with a .339/.377/.559 slash line.
With play like this, Seager might force the Dodgers hand, and a big league call up might be on the horizon. Despite Seager’s impressive minor league numbers there isn’t an opening on the Dodgers major league roster.
His natural position of shortstop is currently blocked by Jimmy Rollins and Alex Guerrero, making playing time hard to come by. Many scouts rank Seager as one of the top-five prospects in all of baseball, putting him on par with fellow young shortstops Carlos Correa, Fransisco Lindor, and Addison Russell.
Those who follow Corey Seager closely say he shows a more advanced bat than his brother Kyle, an All Star third baseman with the Seattle Mariners. Dodgers starting catcher Yasmani Grandal, who spent time with the Dodgers AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City, raved about Seager upon his return to the big-league team.
“He wasn’t missing a pitch down there, no matter if you threw it lefty or righty,” Grandal told the LA Times.“It didn’t matter. Really impressed by him. He’s got really good hands at short. He made a couple of plays up the middle. But the bat really impressed me.”
Dodgers skipper, Don Mattingly, anticipates a major league stint for Seager, however he still believes there is some room for growth. “I think it’s more of a development thing, where they want to make sure he’s getting every chance to develop,” Mattingly said to the LA Times. “To me, you can throw the kid in the big leagues right now. He’d be fine. But he’s got to hit his stretches when he struggles, and it’s really letting him go through the development part.”
The Dodgers are going to give Seager every chance to become an impactful major league player. It’s unclear as to when the team will call up their star prospect, but when they do expect him to tear up the major leagues just as easily as he did the minors.