Coming into the year, MLB.com ranked Corey Seager as the Dodgers’ top prospect. After a disappointing debut in Rancho Cucamonga last season, the 20-year-old shortstop got off to a solid start in 2014. He batted .294/.337/.482 in 20 games in April before hitting the disabled list with a hamstring strain.
While he was on the DL, Seager spoke with Dodgers Nation about his season, swing, his brother and more. Once Seager was reinstated, he started to truly dominate on offense. Thus far in May, he’s batting .421/.471/.695 with 14 doubles and four home runs. From Monday, May 19 to Sunday, May 25, Seager hit .552/.567/.931 for a 1.498 OPS.
Seager collected five doubles and a pair of home runs. This performance earned him MLB Pipeline’s Player of the Week honors. He beat out fellow uber-prospects such as Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, as well as fellow Dodgers farmhand Darnell Sweeney. Jim Callis of MLB.com believes Seager can have more of an impact than his brother:
Seager has a higher ceiling than his older brother, Kyle, a third baseman who has been the most consistent performer in the Mariners lineup the last three seasons. A 6-foot-4, 215-pounder with strength and a smooth left-handed swing, Corey should hit for both power and average. He’s probably too big to stay at shortstop for much longer, but he profiles well at third base, where he could be a plus defender.
Along with being named the Pipeline Player of The Week, Seager was also named the California League Player of The Week, according to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes:
— RC Quakes Baseball (@RCQuakes) May 28, 2014
Overall, Seager is hitting .361/.408/.594 with the Quakes. While the league definitely favors hitters, Seager’s home park at Rancho is actually somewhat favorable to pitchers. The left-handed hitting Seager is also fairing well against same-handed pitching. He’s hitting .357 against righties and .375 against lefties. Four of his six home runs have come against southpaws.
While he’s young for the California League, Seager could be pushed later this year to Chattanooga in the Southern League, the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate. He would be one of the youngest players there, with the average age of that circuit being around 24-years-old. It may be ambitious, but the precocious infielder seems up for the challenge and has little left to prove in High A ball.
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