Corey Seager is only 20-years-old and has yet to advance past Double-A, but is already being counted on to play a key role for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Seager plays shortstop, which soon could be a position of need for the Dodgers dependent on how Hanley Ramirez’s free agency unfolds. While Seager likely won’t be the replacement at short in 2015 if Ramirez signs elsewhere, his Major-League debut should come sooner rather than later.
Seager of course isn’t a name that’s foreign to baseball — Kyle is an All-Star third baseman with the Seattle Mariners and a third brother, Justin, who is also older than Corey, is in the Mariners’ farm system. With older brothers to lean on, Seager said he’s sought out advice from his All-Star brother, via Alexis Brudnicki on True Blue LA:
Having an older brother go through it makes it a little easier,” the young Seager said. “Whatever he’s going through, I can ask him about it and everything. So it makes my learning curve shorter…I’ve asked him about everything. He’s gone through it already so I can figure out how he did it and adjust from that. It’s pretty much everything from hitting to defense to taking care of yourself, all that stuff.”
Seager began the season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and was promoted to Double-A after the All-Star break. Of his accomplishments this season, Seager said his batting average was at the top:
I put a lot of time into hitting, so probably the average was the coolest thing this year. That was nice. I put a lot of time in with the coaches and everything through this year so that was a nice one…There are quite a few coaches I worked with on it.
The shortstop’s play earned him California League MVP honors and he was named a co-winner of the Branch Rickey Award, which recognizes the Dodgers’ Minor League Player of the Year. In split time with the Quakes and Lookouts, Seager hit .349/.402/.602 with 20 home runs and 97 RBIs.
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