Little brother Corey took most of the headlines, but after 2016, Kyle has increased his home run total in each major-league season, backed up with flyball rates of over 40 percent each year. He ranked in the top 25 with a 38.7 percent hard-contact rate, though because he hits so many balls in the air, it hasn't translated to anything close to a .300 batting average. A career-best 10.2 percent walk rate from last year enabled him to emerge as surprising OBP asset in those formats. Even though he is not a batting average anchor, he is incredibly safe in that department, as his contact rate hasn't fallen below 82.4 percent in any year. He's an increasingly stable player (155-plus games played in the last five years), sitting near the top shelf of a suddenly deep position, himself in position to drive in plenty of runs for the surprisingly tasty Seattle lineup. Last year might've marked his peak, and his ceiling falls a bit short of other top-10 third basemen. Still, even if he's plateaued, he's achieved a profile worth a strong investment.
Seager went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in a 12-4 victory over the Astros on Wednesday. That gives Seager 30 dingers this season, the most of his career. He is also hitting a career-best .281 with a .863 OPS. His previous career-high OPS was .788 back in 2014. Seager is also one RBI away from 100 and two doubles shy of tying his career high of 37.
Seager had an RBI double and two walks in a win at the Twins on Friday. Seager is having a career season. His .283 average is easily the highest of his career, as is his .365 OBP, thanks to 66 walks, which are two from his career high set in 2013. He tied his career high with his 96th RBI and has nine games to get to 100. He also needs one more homer to reach 30 for the first time. Two more doubles and he'll match his career high in that, as well.
Seager went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs against the Rangers on Thursday. He's now hit safely in nine consecutive games and homered twice in the last three, continuing the 28-year-old third baseman's season of growth. The home run was Seager's 27th, a new career high, and his current .296 batting average is a nearly 30-point improvement over his previous career best in that category. He can credit progress in his plate discipline, as Seager already has six more walks this year than all of last season.
Seager homered and drove in two in a 2-for-4 game with a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers. The foot injury that forced Seager out of three games in late August doesn't appear to be lingering whatsoever. He's now a robust 13-for-36 (.361) with five extra-bases including a pair of homers over 10 games since returning August 27. Seager's .896 ranks sixth among qualified third basemen.
Seager (foot) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox. After missing three straight games to rest his sore foot, Seager will return to the Mariners lineup Saturday and bat fifth. Seager, who hits just .230 with a .723 OPS against lefties, will be welcomed back to the order in time to face Chicago southpaw Jose Quintana.