The numbers and the eye test and the general package hasn’t been great so far for Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager in 2021. Coming off a great 2020 short season and a phenomenal postseason, things have not gone as smooth for Seager smooth in the early goings.
While the bat is struggling — same as everyone else on the team — Corey’s usually passable defense has cratered.
Heading into play on Friday, the free-agent-to-be was among the worst shortstops in baseball defensively. And that’s not really acceptable for the defending world champs. Moreover, Dodgers Nation’s Eric Eulau hit us with the numbers on Friday.
For the traditionalists, Seager ranks 14th in fielding percentage (.965) among shortstops in 2021 through Wednesday. Yet, the advanced metrics judge Seager much more harshly. According to Baseball Savant, Seager ranks almost dead last in outs above average (29th). In defensive runs saved, Seager slots in at 22nd in the league per FanGraphs.
The chatter for years has been that Corey Seager is not a long-term shortstop, particularly at his height (6’4″). With his middling range now fading, we asked fans on Twitter (always levelheaded, of course) their thoughts on Seags possibly moving away from the position.
More than 55% of those polled agree with him playing elsewhere.
Should Corey Seager move to another position soon?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) May 7, 2021
Some fans offered up some in-house alternatives.
in my opinion, i can see Taylor being our everyday shortstop
— jay-oh (@jordan_renee_23) May 7, 2021
Third is where he should move. Only problem is that JT is performing better both defensively and offensively right now and who knows what happens next year. Going to be real interesting to see what the Dodgers offer compared to what he asks for this off-season.
— Smitty (@__VSmithII) May 7, 2021
We need some good relief pitchers. Can he pitch?! ?
— Janelle Kopac (@misskopac3) May 7, 2021
His body is simply not built for SS. Everyone’s been saying that for years now
— 123 (@wH0cARES117) May 7, 2021
As fun as it is to say the team should move Seager off of shortstop, in reality, it’s just something that plainly won’t happen. For one, I personally can’t see Dave Roberts having that conversation with Seager. The player has defended himself time and time again, calling himself a shortstop and setting out to prove naysayers wrong.
Additionally, if the club has any plan to re-sign him in free agency this coming winter, there will be a greater need to walk on eggshells with the east coast native
The hope is that Corey is just slumping right along with the entire team and can put it together for another title run by October.