Corey Seager Looks to Extend Successful MLB Campaign
Corey Seager enjoyed a very successful, albeit brief, campaign with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015. Even though he appeared to have won it on the field, the recent trade of Jimmy Rollins opens up the shortstop position to the 22-year old, who looks to build on last year’s achievements.
Seager’s .337/.429/.561 slash line through 98 bats at the big league level last year proved enough for him to make the postseason roster on a very competitive team. His short adventure into the major leagues set his bar high for 2016 and gave his older brother some stiff competition. Kyle Seager, the all-star third baseman for the Seattle Mariners, owns a .263/.328/.434 career slash and might be feeling the pressure from his younger sibling, who lit up opposing pitchers late last season. In Kyle’s defense, he did not have the promise of his younger brother. In fact, Corey Seager’s expectations have never been higher heading into 2016.
Spring Training is here, and the young shortstop is the #1 prospect according to Baseball America. The trending comparison with Corey is Troy Tulowitzki. The comparison is easy to see, with Seager standing 6’4 weighing 215 pounds and Tulowitzki just an inch shorter at the same weight. Tulo’s career .297/.369/.508 slash is uber impressive and something that appears to be attainable if Seager continues what he started in September of 2015. If Corey does reach those lofty numbers, it will be without the thin air of Coors Field. Defense is also a key aspect of Tulo’s game, and Seager has already shown promise defensively in the big leagues.
There will be some learning curves with an increase in at bats at the major league level, and I do not expect the same pace as last season. That being said, Corey Seager is my pick for NL Rookie of the Year in 2016. I’m thinking the young shortstop’s slash will look something like .280/.360/.440 with 20 home runs. Expect big things from this big time prospect in 2016.