Along with adding talent to their Major League roster, the Los Angeles Dodgers organization has made it a point to fill out and develop their farm system after it was depleted under the previous regime.
One prospect the Dodgers are high on is Corey Seager, who was selected to the Futures Game. The shortstop began the season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and just recently was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga, where he’s scheduled to report Thursday.
While Seager is held in high regard by the Dodgers’ front office, he also caught the attention of Zack Greinke who gave his take on where he selected Seager in a mock draft, via ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:
I didn’t have him No. 1 on my board or anything, but he probably could have been a top-10 pick and he made it to 19. He couldn’t have been a top-five pick. No one would have taken him in the top five, but he was really good,” Greinke said. “He has a really simple swing. Sometimes, if you have it that simple you lose power, but he still has power even though his approach is so simple. And he’s got the ability to play the infield.
Greinke also commended Seager for his approach during Spring Training with the Dodgers:
I don’t think he swung one time. He struck out on three pitches and maybe walked one time. That was also a little bit strange, because usually a young guy, if they come up to a big league game, they’re going to want to swing and he was just ‘take, take, take,’ so that’s probably a good thing that you could still stay calm and not change your approach.”
Seager comes from a baseball family — one older brother Kyle, a 2014 All-Star for the Seattle Mariners and the other, Justin, who plays for the Mariners’ Single-A affiliate. Kyle discussed the tools his younger brother brings to the table:
He pretty much does everything that I’m doing, but just a little better,” Kyle Seager said. “He’s bigger, stronger, faster, he runs better. He’s good. He’s going to do a lot of really good things in this game.”
Considered one of the top prospects in the Dodgers’ organization, there’s some uncertainty as to which position Seager will eventually settle in at.
The Dodgers have an influx of other middle infielders and Seager’s size suggests a move to third base may be necessary. Regardless of where he winds up, the left-handed hitter has a bright future ahead of him.
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