While most of the veterans on the Los Angeles Dodgers used the spring to get ready for another season, there are plenty of younger guys who are using the spring for much more than that.
For prospects and rookies, Spring Training is a time to learn from veterans, see how the day-to-day operations work and to get some experience facing big-league talent. One of those to be schooled this year was Dodgers top infield prospect, Corey Seager. The 20-year-old was a non-roster invitee for the first time and he made quite an impression. While Seager turned a few heads, it was a much bigger deal for him personally than the others being impressed.
According to Megan Zahneis of MLB.com, the shortstop reflected on his camp with the Dodgers:
It’s been a whirlwind in my first Major League camp, but it’s also been so much fun,” Seager said. “You are with those guys in the locker room, [some] who I grew up idolizing, so it is a pretty amazing experience. I’m trying to soak up every little bit of it.
“You come in here and see the perks, and it can give you that extra little push.”
Not only did Seager perform well on the field with a .333 batting average, .500 on-base percentage and a walk-off double, but he also was a star off the field, pairing with Clayton Kershaw to be ping pong champions of the spring. While Seager is likely still a year away from contributing to the club, he got a look into what it’s like once you make it:
I wasn’t expecting it to be this relaxed,” Seager said. “People are going about their business. You don’t have people telling you what to do. They know what needs to get done. They know how to take care of their bodies. I’m still figuring everything out.”
From the looks of his work on the field, it appears that it’s one of the few things Seager hadn’t yet figured out.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Corey Seager