Up the Middle: Corey Seager
We’re down to just four teams left in the 2013 playoffs, and sticking with the idea of highlighting players from playoff teams, we’ll take a look at one of the better shortstops in the Midwest League this year – Dodgers’ shortstop prospect Corey Seager. Big brother Kyle Seager has had success with the Mariners, but it could be Corey who ends up holding more fantasy value in the long run despite a quiet start to the Arizona Fall League season.
Seager was drafted 18th overall by the Dodgers back in 2012, the same year Carlos Correa was taken with the first overall pick. After struggling in the early part of this season, Seager actually ended up with 3 more homers than Correa in about 40 fewer Midwest League games. At 19 years old, he led all Midwest League shortstops with 12 homers. He slashed .309/.389/.529 in 74 games. His 6-3, 190 lb. frame might not stick at shortstop and he could end up as a third baseman, but the Dodgers have plenty of time to decide on a position.
In 105 games across three minor league levels this year, Seager popped 16 homers with 57 runs scored, 74 runs batted in, and 10 stolen bases. There was a huge spike in his strikeout rate when he made the jump to A+, but that seems to be the norm when young players first advance a level and especially coming towards the end of his first full season (he was one of the youngest in the league). It wasn’t all bad, either, as he managed to swat four more dingers in his new surroundings. While his ability to take a walk hasn’t wavered at any level, it will be interesting to see whether he can maintain that kind of power next season and what position he settles on. He already ranked 35th on the Baseball Prospectus midseason prospect rankings this year. If Seager can replicate his Midwest League numbers at higher levels, there should be plenty of buzz around him in 2014.
If waiting until 2014 to see him play against tougher competition sounds like a lousy idea, then you’ll be glad to know that he is also on the roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League. The writers on this site have done a great job highlighting some of the talent in the AFL, and Seager should be tested against what is pretty much the equivalent of a minor league all-star team night in and night out. Over his first four games, Seager has three hits, three strikeouts, and a double (for those counting, he has also sprinkled in a few throwing errors).
For dynasty league owners, I would recommend keeping an eye on Seager as a very talented and possibly underrated bat, while bearing in mind that the shortstop position might not be his home once he reaches the major league level.