Monday, July 22, 2013

Dodgers Prospect Seager Rising Like A (Silver) Bullet

Dodgers prospect Corey Seager, signed by the Dodgers a year ago, resurfaced this week thanks to some laudatory comments from ESPN columnists, not to mention Zack Greinke himself. Forgive's Mark Saxon for not mentioning Seager's first name in his column:

One of the strangest moments of Zack Greinke’s introductory news conference last December was the revelation that he had congratulated the Dodgers on their first-round draft pick from last June.

In other words, amid the hubbub of pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, Greinke had taken time to seriously study the available amateur talent and had honed in on one particular 18-year-old high school player.

It was later revealed that he had, in fact, spent time in the Brewers’ war room and, after studying Seager’s swing, had urged them to pick Seager, who wound up going to the Dodgers nine picks earlier. [...]

Baseball Prospectus ranks Seager 35th and prospect expert John Sickels has him at No. 37. If he keeps going, either third base or shortstop at Dodger Stadium appear wide open for him in a few years.

Seager is the highest Dodgers prospect on Keith Law's latest list:

16. Corey Seager, SS | Los Angeles Dodgers (age 19)

Current level: Low Class A (Great Lakes)

Preseason ranking: 46

Although he's still most likely a third baseman in the end, Seager has been the best hitter in the Midwest League since his return from a DL stint in early June, hitting .342/.439/.586 in that span. He's going to be big -- at 6-4, 215 pounds, he's already bigger than every full-time shortstop in MLB history -- but that's going to produce plus power that makes him a potential All-Star.