The date of Corey Seager’s highly anticipated Major League debut arrived Thursday as he was called up prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game with the San Diego Padres and started at shortstop.
Seager didn’t disappoint, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in his first career MLB game. While the Dodgers bullpen failed to hold a late-lead, there was nothing but praise being heaped on the 21-year-old shortstop.
Outfielder Scott Schebler, who was teammates with Seager in Triple-A Oklahoma City, highlighted the heralded prospect’s maturity and poise, via Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
He was outstanding at short for us at Oklahoma City,” Schebler said. “His ability to be even-keel all the time is pretty astounding for his age. When I was that age, my highs were high and my lows were low.”
Although Thursday was only a small sample size, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly believes Seager is destined for success for reasons beyond just being talented:
The intangibles are where you think that he has a chance to separate from some other guys,” Mattingly said.
Meanwhile Jimmy Rollins, who had the opportunity to work with and mentor Seager in Spring Training, credited his understudy for having the confidence necessary to play in the Majors:
He’s a confident kid, which is one thing you need to be up here,” Rollins said.
Seager began the 2015 season with Double-A Tulsa, where he hit a blistering .375/.407/.675 with five home runs, seven doubles and 15 RBIs over 20 games.
After being promoted to Triple-A he slashed .278/.332/.451 with 13 home runs, 30 doubles and 61 RBIs in 105 games. Seager is in the Dodgers lineup Friday night, though this time at third base and batting fifth instead of eighth.