In 2012, the Los Angeles Dodgers head of amateur scouting Logan White did something he hadn’t done for a decade: he selected a hitter with his first pick in the draft. In 2002, White’s first year helming the draft, he selected a left-handed hitting first baseman out of a Texas high school with his first pick named James Loney. Then, from 2003 until 2011, White used his first pick on a pitcher every year, from Chad Billingsley to Chris Reed.
But, two years ago, Logan saw something in a North Carolina shortstop that caused him to snap the nine-year streak. The particular someone was Corey Seager, and he’d be the Dodgers’ top draft pick selected in the 2012 festivities.
After being shocked that the Dodgers didn’t take a pitcher with their top pick, it was quickly obvious why they selected the prep infielder. Seager had everything you look for in a hitter — a sweet, left-handed swing, a good eye, a big body, natural athleticism, pedigree (his brother, Kyle, plays third base for the Mariners) and plenty of potential.
It didn’t take long before talent evaluators were fawning over the teenage shortstop, culminating when Baseball America ranked him as the 37th best prospect in all of baseball and MLB.com placed him 31st coming into 2014.
Now, having recently celebrated his 20th birthday, Corey talked to me about baseball, his family, and his goals.