Corey Seager has been a big name in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system ever since being selected in the first round of the 2012 Draft and his days as a prospect now appear to be closer to the end than the beginning.
Heading into this season Seager was rated the No. 7 top prospect in baseball by BaseballProspectus.com, playing in Double-A Tulsa. Last season was a breakout year for the shortstop as he was named MVP of the California League and participated in the Future All-Stars game.
After participating in his first big league camp, Seager was sent to Double-A, where he finished out the 2014 season. A natural shortstop, he’s also seen some time at third base recently, which has led to continued speculation it’s the position Seager will eventually transition to in the Majors.
Dodgers director of player personnel Gabe Kapler recently dispelled that notion and now so too has president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman for at least the second time since taking control of the Dodgers front office, via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
The idea is at some point, whether it’s this year or next year, to the extent that we have an injury and he’s our best option if he’s only played shortstop, that obviously limits him to an injury happening at that one position,” Friedman said. “Giving him reps at another position only helps him and helps us.”
While the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate is now in Tulsa, Seager picked up where he left off last season. He’s batting .406/.426/.703 through 16 games with four home runs, five doubles and 14 RBIs — all team-highs. The blistering pace suggests a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City is forthcoming, if not needed, which Friedman acknowledged:
I wouldn’t anticipate (Seager will stay in Double-A) all season. I don’t know exactly how long,” Friedman said. “We’ll get together at the end of the month and talk about all of our guys and get a sense for where the next best step is. But I wouldn’t anticipate all year.”
It’s unlikely but possible that Seager finds his way to the Majors this season as a September call-up. It would allow for him to get his feet wet before potentially assuming a larger role with the Dodgers the following year, a la Joc Pederson.
Jimmy Rollins is in the final year of his contract and at age 36, being re-signed is far from given. Particularly with Seager’s presence and youth; he celebrated his 21st birthday Monday.
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