Along with the players who are competing for a roster spot with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Spring Training, are those on non-roster invites to the big league camp. Among the names on that list is Corey Seager, one of the Dodgers’ top prospects in the Minors.
For Seager, it’s his first time attending Spring Training and he reported ahead of schedule for position players with the hope of making the most of his opportunity, according to ESPN’s Mark Saxon:
I just want to soak up as much as I can,” Seager said. “Just observe is basically what I’m trying to do.”
Standing at 6’4, there’s been speculation Seager would eventually slide over from shortstop to third base. However, the Dodgers haven’t given any previous indication that would be the case, not that it would matter to Seager:
I like shortstop, but at the end of the day, wherever they want you to play is where you’re going to play,” Seager said. “I’m open to whatever.”
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in November he hasn’t see any reason during his scouting of Seager to move him away from shortstop. The prized prospect began last season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, where he played 80 games before being promoted to Double-A.
In his first go-around with the Lookouts, Seager batted .345/.381/.534 with two home runs, 16 doubles and 71 RBIs. If all goes well, Seager could be in the same position Joc Pederson was in 2014 and earn a callup once rosters expand in September.
Regardless of whether he plays shortstop or third base, Seager could reach the Majors as soon as 2016. As it currently stands, the Dodgers wouldn’t have a player at either of the positions under contract as this marks the final season remaining on Jimmy Rollins’ and Juan Uribe’s respective contracts.
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