The future is finally here for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the form of top prospect Corey Seager.
His debut with the team has been anticipated, but manager Don Mattingly would not say if the team would be promoting the shortstop this season. If they did plan to bring Seager up to the Majors, it was expected to be once the minor league season was over.
However, the Dodgers selected the contract of their prospect and designated infielder Andy Wilkins for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Seager will wear #5, which has been worn by Juan Uribe and Juan Callaspo this season.
Seager hit .276 with 29 doubles, 13 home runs and 59 RBIs in 104 games with the OKC Dodgers this season. He also hit .375 in 20 games in Double-A before being promoted. The 20-year-old hit .333 with three doubles in 14 games with the Dodgers in Spring Training this season.
The second-ranked prospect in MLB will make his MLB debut on Thursday night against the San Diego Padres, starting at shortstop and hitting eighth in the order. He gets the start due to hamstring issues with Kiké Hernandez and Jose Peraza coinciding with nine straight days played by Jimmy Rollins.
If things go well, Seager is eligible for the postseason roster.