What were you doing at 22-years-old? At that ripe age, Corey Seager is already one of the game’s premier shortstops.
Perhaps as impressive as his ranking on this list is the fact it comes as no surprise. Seager was a legitimate MVP candidate in his first full major league season. The All-Star “settled” for a Silver Slugger and Rookie of The Year honors, among others. He was recently named the cover athlete of R.B.I. Baseball 17.
“Despite how deep and talented this position has become, it was surprisingly easy to put Seager at the top of the heap,” Petriello writes. “After all, his achievements included winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award unanimously, finishing third in the NL MVP Award race, having the best rookie shortstop season ever and having the best season by a Dodgers shortstop ever. Think about it this way: Seager’s .308/.365/.512 (137 wRC+) line is about the same as what Robinson Cano and Mookie Betts hit, and he did it as a rookie playing a capable defensive shortstop for a division-winning team.”
Pretty high praise, no? Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Brandon Crawford and Xander Bogaerts rounded out the top five.
Seager will presumably develop into an even better overall player. He’s the face of the Dodgers’ franchise moving forward. Expect to see plenty more awards with his name embedded.