While most of the attention at the beginning of Spring Training was geared toward veteran middle infielders, Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, a young infielder has caught the eye of some Major League scouts.
Corey Seager, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top prospect, earned his first non-roster invite the to big league camp and has been nothing short of impressive. Along with being compared to Cal Ripken Jr., by manager Don Mattingly, Seager was complimented by a National League scout, via Pedro Moura of the OC Register:
My personal opinion is he’s starting to show he’s special,” said a National League scout who has watched Seager this spring. “This guy’s starting to look like he can stick at shortstop. I think he has a pretty good chance to stay.”
Seager, who has certainly proven his worth at the Minor League level, is trying to transfer his success into the MLB. Just last season, the shortstop won eight total awards, including Most Valuable Player, Post-Season All Star, and was even selected for the Future All Stars game.
The first-round draft pick began last season in High-A Rancho Cucamonga, in which he played 80 games and batted .352/.411/.633. His play led to a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga for the second half of the season where he continued to hit well; Seager had 51 hits in 38 games with the Lookouts.
So far this Spring, Seager is batting .333 with two doubles and four RBIs. For as impressive as Seager has been, the Dodgers aren’t rushing along the young shortstop. He conceivably should see time in the Majors come September, with 2016 appearing to be a realistic target date for a larger role with the Dodgers.
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