Monday, August 12, 2013

Dodgers Prospect Seager: Future 3B?

Keith Law of ESPN scouted Dodgers prospect Kyle Seager, and thought his size might move him to third base rather than shortstop (link insider only):

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. -- En route from Long Beach, where I was at the New Balance Area Code Games all week, to San Diego, for the Perfect Game All-American Classic, I stopped in Lake Elsinore on Friday night for a look at the Dodgers' top prospect, shortstop Corey Seager, younger (but bigger) brother of Mariners infielder Kyle.

Seager, 19, was recently promoted to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and the Quakes were in town to play the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres).

Seager's swing and stance have only slightly changed since he was a first-round pick last year out of Northwest Cabarrus High School in Concord, N.C. A left-handed hitter, he's always had a wide base after his stride, rolling over his front foot slightly through contact, but the stride is a little longer now and that front side goes a little softer due to his overrotation. It's a minor issue, maybe something to address if he's still hitting .190 in a few weeks, but otherwise the hand strength and leverage that made him a top prospect as an amateur are all still present.

His athleticism is evident when he's out at shortstop, but his actions aren't good enough for him to stay there, and his size is a major factor working against him -- at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds he'd be the largest shortstop in major league history if he played even one full season at the position, and his body isn't going to become faster or looser in time. I think he goes to third base and becomes an impact bat there with 25-plus-homer potential.

Well, we know that size can work at third base, sometimes (if not in the first two years of a three-year contract). Good luck, Corey, and maybe we'll see you soon!