Dodgers Report: Kyle Seager

Prospect Corey Seager gets rave reviews

July, 14, 2014
Jul 14
4:39
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MINNEAPOLIS – At least two players in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game have a special interest in one of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top prospects.

First, by a wide margin, is that player’s older brother, Kyle Seager, an All-Star third baseman from the Seattle Mariners, who says that his kid brother, Corey, has big things ahead of him. The Dodgers just promoted Corey Seager, 20, from Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he batted .352 with 18 home runs, to Double-A Chattanooga, where he will report Thursday after watching his brother play for the American League.

Corey Seager was one of the Dodgers’ two representatives, along with pitcher Julio Urias, in Sunday’s Futures Game. Those two, plus outfielder Joc Pederson, are widely viewed as the organization’s top three prospects.

“He pretty much does everything that I’m doing, but just a little better,” Kyle Seager said. “He’s bigger, stronger, faster, he runs better. He’s good. He’s going to do a lot of really good things in this game.”

When pitcher Zack Greinke visited Dodger Stadium not long before signing his six-year, $147 million contract in December of 2012, he remarked to general manager Ned Colletti that he liked the team’s first-round draft pick from the previous June. That player was Seager.

Greinke, who has said he would like to be a GM one day and comes up with a mock draft every June, reflected on his scouting report at Monday’s media availability.

“I didn’t have him No. 1 on my board or anything, but he probably could have been a top-10 pick and he made it to 19. He couldn’t have been a top-five pick. No one would have taken him in the top five, but he was really good,” Greinke said. “He has a really simple swing. Sometimes, if you have it that simple you lose power, but he still has power even though his approach is so simple. And he’s got the ability to play the infield.

“If you had told me he was going to be a right fielder, no I wouldn’t have taken him at No. 19. But as a third baseman with that hitting ability, that’s a very valuable player.”

Greinke also watched Seager’s two at-bats with the Dodgers in spring training.

“I don’t think he swung one time. He struck out on three pitches and maybe walked one time. That was also a little bit strange, because usually a young guy, if they come up to a big league game, they’re going to want to swing and he was just ‘take, take, take,’ so that’s probably a good thing that you could still stay calm and not change your approach,” Greinke said.

Kernels: Leadoff hitters in leading role

June, 8, 2014
Jun 8
9:15
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Our look at the week's interesting and unusual baseball stats takes us to the front of the line.

Leadoff hitters are selected carefully. Teams generally want someone who can get on base, has a little bit of speed, and can "set the table" for the power hitters who follow. This week, however, it was the leadoff batters putting up some big games of their own.

The speedy Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers had two triples on Friday, and stole a base after singling in the sixth inning. The last Dodgers leadoff hitter with two triples and a steal was Steve Sax in 1984. Add Gordon's three RBIs and he's only the second Dodger ever with those numbers-- from any spot in the order. Willie Davis, batting third, did it twice (1962 and 1970).

The Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison did his part on Wednesday, knocking a triple and two doubles. His teammates, however, never drove him in; two hits came with two outs and he was stranded at third once. He's the first Pirate in four decades to have a triple and two doubles without scoring at least one run. Al Oliver, batting third, pulled it off against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 28, 1973. Their last leadoff hitter with that line was Ira Flagstead in 1930.

Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter posted the team's first five-hit game in five seasons (Ryan Ludwick, 2009) on Wednesday. Carpenter added a walk to reach base in all six plate appearances, joining Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies as the only players this season to have a perfect day at the plate over six or more plate appearances. (Blackmon, of course, has what is still the season's only six-hit game.)

The Cardinals have had just one other leadoff hitter do it in the past 60 years. Fernando Viña had five hits and a walk in a 14-13 slugfest at Coors Field on April 16, 2000. Before that it was Tommy Glaviano in 1950.

Danny Santana of the Minnesota Twins added to the leadoff parade on Saturday when he went 4-for-5 with five RBI. Santana came up with five runners in scoring position and drove them all in, but he was stranded on all four trips and never crossed the plate himself. Only four leadoff batters have ever had four hits and 5 RBI without scoring at least once themselves: then-Pirate Pokey Reese in 2002, longtime Baltimore Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry in 1980, and Raymond "Rip" Radcliff of the Chicago White Sox in 1936.

Diamondbacks leadoff hitter Didi Gregorius was 3-for-6 with a homer on Wednesday, but it was the players after him that made the game notable. No. 2 hitter Gerardo Parra had three hits. So did No. 3 Paul Goldschmidt. Cleanup batter Martin Prado... three hits. And Miguel Montero, batting fifth? You guessed it. Three hits and six RBIs as Arizona hung 16 on the Rockies. It was the first time in team history that any five batters had three-hit games, and it had been more than a decade since any team had its first five batters get three each. On May 13, 2004, the Pirates had their first six batters do it in a 21-hit outburst that also occurred at Coors Field.

Follow-up: First homer madness
Last week we highlighted three players who each hit their first career home runs, notably Ben Revere of the Philadelphia Phillies. We concluded by mentioning that Kolten Wong now had the most career plate appearances of any active non-pitcher who hadn't homered yet. Guess what?

In plate appearance number 200 on Tuesday, Wong not only hit his first home run, but his first grand slam. The last Cardinals position player whose first homer was a slam was Willie McGee in 1982. That put Leury Garcia of the White Sox "on the clock" with 162 career plate appearances heading into Wednesday. Garcia got a rare chance to start that night, and of course he homered, meaning the top five players on the list all got themselves off the list in a 15-day span.

So, new list. Jumping from sixth to first is Luis Jimenez (139), who has played nine games with the Los Angeles Angels this season but is currently in triple-A. The top three on active rosters are James Jones (122), Irving Falu (101), and Ender Inciarte (76).

Meet Corey Seager

June, 30, 2012
6/30/12
4:18
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LOS ANGELES -- And batting third for the Dodgers on Saturday against the New York Mets ... Corey Seager?

Just kidding. Even though with the way the Dodgers' offense has been sputtering of late, it's not all that far-fetched the team could toss its first-round draft pick in there for a bit of a jolt. Particularly a first-round pick like Seager, a big, brawny 6-foot-4 high school shortstop from North Carolina who can hit for power and average.

Seager, selected 18th overall, agreed to forgo a scholarship to South Carolina to sign a contract with a $2.35 million signing bonus Friday. He took a tour of Dodger Stadium on Saturday, posing for pictures with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier and meeting with the Dodgers coaches and staff.

"I'm on top of the world, I don't even know how to explain it," said Seager, the younger brother of Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. "I've been ready to start but that stuff had to get sorted out. I was committed [to South Carolina] but he [Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White] changed my mind."

Seager will begin his career at the Dodgers' rookie affiliate in Odgen, Utah sometime over the next few weeks. White says for the time being, he plans to keep Seager as a shortstop.

"I know one thing, he can always play third base," White said. "But I want to see him stay in the middle of the diamond for as long as he can. When you have a guy in the middle of the diamond who can swing the bat, that's valuable. Things will dictate it as we go."

Seager is the second consecutive Scott Boras-repped client the Dodgers have selected in the first round and come to an easy agreement with. Boras also represented last year's first-rounder, Stanford pitcher Chris Reed.

Does this mean the super agent and the Dodgers are now on good terms after the Luke Hochevar debacle of 2005?

It certainly sounds like it.

"Logan and I had no trouble reaching an accord for what was equitable for Corey and the Seager family," Boras said. "It was one of those situations where everybody understood what he could mean. With where the Dodger farm system is, this really is something where --even beyond the money-- there really is an opportunity for Corey, with his abilities, that you always hope every young player has."

Here's a look at tonight's lineups:

METS
Andres Torres CF
Ruben Tejada SS
David Wright 3B
Ike Davis 1B
Lucas Duda RF
David Murphy 2B
Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF
Josh Thole C
Johan Santana P

DODGERS
Dee Gordon SS
Elian Herrera LF
Jerry Hairston Jr. 2B
Juan Rivera 1B
A.J. Ellis C
Scott Van Slyke RF
Juan Uribe 3B
Tony Gwynn Jr. CF
Nathan Eovaldi P

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.297 14 63 80
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 23
RBIA. Gonzalez 106
RD. Gordon 88
OPSY. Puig .860
WC. Kershaw 19
ERAC. Kershaw 1.70
SOC. Kershaw 219