Los Angeles Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager had some high expectations placed on him before being called up to the Majors. Ranked the number two prospect in all of baseball before his promotion, the young infielder could have had trouble living up to that hype.
Instead, Seager has all but outplayed those expectations, slashing .412/.508/.647 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 14 games. He’s been the everyday shortstop for the Dodgers since Jimmy Rollins went down with a finger injury and has shown an ability to field the position, minus two errors that happened in one inning.
The 21-year-old was introduced to the Dodger Stadium faithful on Monday, going 2-for-3 in his home debut, and came to the plate on Thursday with a runner on and no outs. Seager promptly deposited left-hander Jeff Locke’s pitch over the wall in right field for a two-run home run and a 4-1 Dodgers lead:
It was Seager’s second home run and eighth extra-base hit in his short tenure. It came against a left-hander and raised his average against southpaws to .333 since being called up. The Dodgers went on to win the first game of the series, 6-2.
Seager has made it difficult for the Dodgers to hand the shortstop spot back to Rollins once he’s healthy, and has even changed manager Don Mattingly’s firm stance on the decision.