With Joc Pederson playing a key role for the Los Angeles Dodgers many are awaiting the day the same will hold true for shortstop Corey Seager, widely regarded as the club’s top prospect.
After opening the 2015 season with Double-A Tulsa, Seager was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City after just 20 games. He initially struggled to get acclimated at the new level, but has since continued with his torrid hitting.
However, the 6’4 shortstop recently battled another issue — a minor finger injury — that forced him to miss three games last week. It was a result of a head-first slide into second base, which Seager recently acknowledged is a habit he needs to get away from, according to Jacob Unruh of NewsOK.com:
I normally don’t,” Seager said. “I don’t know why. The past few times I have, though. It’s not a good idea. I should probably stay away from it.”
While Seager is aware of the dangers that come with a head-first slide, he added there’s difficulty in making a concerted effort to abstain from doing so:
It’s so hard to think about that,” he said. “If it happens, it happens. I’m going to try my best to not do it. I could slide head-first tomorrow and get (people) mad at me again.”
In 42 games with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the prized shortstop is batting .296/.348/.456 with four home runs and 21 RBIs. He nearly hit for the cycle during a late-May game, which his teammate Hector Olivera also came within a double of doing Friday night.
As with Olivera, the Dodgers have said Seager will be brought along slowly so as not to set him back with a premature call-up to the Majors. Unlike Olivera, it appears Seager will need to wait until the 2016 season to receive significant time with the Dodgers.
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