Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is picking up right where he left off. The 2020 NLCS and World Series MVP is tearing it up at the plate this spring (.421/.522/.895). Seager already looks like he’s in midseason, or even postseason, form.
It’s only Spring Training, but his prodigious 1.416 OPS in 19 at-bats signals the once oft-injured Seager is ready for Opening Day and beyond. In the case of Seager, Dave Roberts wishes that Opening Day was this weekend.
After Seager homered again during Thursday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Times reporter Jorge Castillo wondered if Roberts would like to wrap up Corey and send him off to LA now.
The Dodgers skipper responded:
“That would be nice if it was an option!
The manager added some praise for his star shortstop after his second opposite field home run in as many nights.
For him to take a changeup the other way like that, you know he’s locked in. But Corey, like most players, it just comes back to health. He’s in a good place physically.”
The 2016 NL Rookie of the Year missed the bulk of the 2018 season after requiring both Tommy John and hip surgery. His 2019 season was a bit uneven, which was to be expected after almost a year off. However, Seager’s 2020 campaign reminded everyone of his enormous potential (.307/.358/.585).
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The Dodgers deep lineup isn’t reliant on one single individual. Still, it’s hard to imagine another NL West title and deep playoff run without Seager healthy and at his best. Especially since the shortstop might need to help pick up the slack early on if Cody Bellinger isn’t 100% right away.
Dave Roberts and the Dodgers have sustained their success by utilizing a variety of players at a variety of positions. If Seager can maintain his spring health, there should seldom be questions about who’s playing short every day.
Bubble wrap or not, Seager looks like he’s ready to deliver the goods this year.