A couple of days ago, Julio Urias made Sports Illustrated’s Trade Value List in the 43rd spot. Yesterday, left-hander Clayton Kershaw came in slotted at the 21st spot. Today, it looks like the Los Angeles Dodgers have a third player who made the list, and it’s shortstop Corey Seager. It shouldn’t be a surprise.
The fact that Seager, the top prospect in all of baseball, is on this list really is just a formality at this point. He’s one of the best shortstop prospects in recent memory, and that’s even considering players like Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa, both of whom shined in 2015 as they made their debuts.
To that, you can add his eye-opening .337/.425/.561 major league debut, as well as the fact that he plays shortstop at a time when nobody hits remotely that well at the position anymore. Seager is still just 21 and offers six years of team control; 29 rival teams are hiring hypnotists to go infiltrate Dodgers president Andrew Friedman’s office as you read this.
Seager is one of the rarer prospects in all of baseball. He can hit for average, hit for power, work the count, has a great arm, and is a passable defender at a premium position. He’s the best prospect in the game, is only going to turn 22 years old late in April, and has a massively bright future ahead of him.
The only players rated ahead of him on Keri’s list are Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, Washington’s Bryce Harper, Houston’s Carlos Correa, and, of course, the Angels’ Mike Trout. In other words, he’s in there with elite players.
If Seager can perform even remotely close to what he did when he got called up late last season, then the Dodgers are going to be beneficiaries of one of the best players in the game, and one of the biggest all-around monsters out there. Seager can be a franchise player, and they’re hoping for it.