MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now!” series is underway, and has covered shortstop and third base to this point. The Dodgers happen to have some tremendous players at both positions, and that was recognized. Both Corey Seager and Justin Turner not only ranked in the top 10 at their respective positions, but in the top 5.
The first position to be covered was shortstop. Here’s the full list:
Top 10 Shortstops Right Now!
- Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
- Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
- Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
- Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
- Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
- Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals
- Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
- Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
- Tim Beckham, Baltimore Orioles
Corey Seager coming in second is a fitting position for the young star. The 23-year old has had an outstanding career thus far, and will only get better as he matures. While talking about the list, Harold Reynolds had nothing but good things to say about the fine young shortstop.
Seager’s a prime player. He’s an MVP candidate for me and he will continue to be at the top of that list. I love the fact that so many people thought that he’d be moved from short to third because of his size. He’s shown that he can hang with the big boys at short, I think he’ll continue to stay there and he’ll continue to be productive.
Seager has quickly become a staple hitting second in the Dodgers order, a position frequently given to the team’s best hitter. It’s easy to see why, as Seager has slashed .307/.374/.502 with 52 home runs over his first 329 games played. It may be a relatively small sample, but there’s no reason to think it would change as Seager has been the model of consistency in his 2 full seasons. His ability to hit for both average and power has been shown in both seasons, but in 2017 he showed improved plate discipline drawing 67 walks.
Although he only turns 24 in April, it’s worth noting that Seager is the type of player that will get better with age. His game is not based on brute strength or speed, but on consistency and a quality approach. Already a two-time All Star and two-time Silver Slugger in two seasons as well as unanimous Rookie of the Year in 2016, Seager’s career should be filled with awards.
The next position covered was third base. Here’s the top 10 third baseman according to MLB Network:
Top 10 Third Basemen Right Now!
- Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
- Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
- Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
- Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
- Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
- Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
- Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
- Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
- Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
Justin Turner coming in at number 4 is also an accurate ranking. Turner spent the beginning of his career with the Orioles and Mets, before eventually joining the Dodgers and becoming a star. Injuries and inconsistent playing time limited Justin with his previous organizations, but he’s maximized his potential in Los Angeles. When talking about his ranking, Mike Lowell of MLB Network had plenty to say as well.
The Dodgers brought him back … big contract, and he responded in a big way. From a metrics standpoint, it was his best season on-base percentage and slugging-wise. …He’s got four years now on an All-Star caliber pace, so I think he’s locked in as one of these top-five third basemen for sure.
During his four seasons in Los Angeles, Turner has slashed .303/.378/.502 with 71 home runs. His numbers are very similar to that of Seager, which make them one of the most dynamic sets of 2-3 hitters in baseball. Justin is coming off the best season of his career, which saw him hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and more walks than strikeouts. At 33-years old, Turner still continues to improve his game.
With the remainder of the “Top 10 Right Now” series to be covered in the coming weeks, the Dodgers are sure to have more names make it at their respective positions. For now, it’s nice to see these two Dodgers get some much deserved love.
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