Seager, just 20 and already ranked as the Dodgers’ best prospect by most publications, hit five home runs over the month of May while slashing a ridiculous .406/.460/.693. Playing in high-A for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Seager has raised his season slash to .354/.405/.605 with eight homers and 37 RBI in 47 games so far.
The shortstop was also ranked as the 11th-best prospect in the Majors by Keith Law of ESPN, ahead of fellow Dodgers prospects Julio Urias and Joc Pederson. This is an increase over his preseason ranking of 18, likely due to the fact that Seager has been excellent so far at high-A.
The future for Seager is still unclear. He is playing short for the Quakes, but more scouts see Seager and his 6-4 frame moving over to third base at some point in his career. The rationale is that he will not be able to maintain lateral quickness as he matures and adds weight, but there are enough examples of fine shortstops at 6-3 or above to believe that Seager may be able to stay there if that is what the Dodgers prefer.
There are other obstacles, however. Erisbel Arruebarrena, the recently signed Cuban émigré, is highly regarded for his defensive abilities, and rightfully so. Arruebarrena has already spent time with the big league club and has been impressive in the little action that he has seen. His swing is long, but his defense more than makes up for any offensive shortcomings.
There is also the presence of Hanley Ramirez. Though he is a free agent at the end of the season, Ramirez has expressed a desire to return and the Dodgers have expressed a desire to keep him. Ramirez is expected to move to third if he does stay, making things interesting for projecting where Seager fits into the Dodgers’ plans.
Time, of course, has a way of working these things out. It may end up that Arruebarrena and Seager end up sharing the left side of the Dodger infield for many years, or it may be that it is Ramirez and Seager. Either way, it is hard not to envision Seager playing a major role with the big league club in the not too distant future.Tags: Baseball, Corey Seager, Erisbel Arruebarrena, Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB
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