Picking up where he left off after a strong September showing, Corey Seager played like a veteran in his first full season en route to NL Rookie of the Year honors and a third place NL MVP finish. Though he exhibited power in the low minors, Seager's 26 long balls exceeded expectations. A 17.9 percent HR/FB mark isn't outrageous, but still, don't be surprised if he incurs some regression in the power department. Seager's batted-ball profile and hard-hit rate fully support a high batting average on balls in play, yielding a solid floor in terms of batting average and run production. There's even some room for growth with respect to plate skills. A 79 percent contact rate is league average nowadays, but his pedigree portends improvement. Despite the fact he is entering his age-23 season, Seager should be viewed as an extremely safe four-category anchor.
Seager (back) isn't satisfied with the quality of his swing, and he could stay back in Arizona when the team heads to Los Angeles for their final exhibition games later this week, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports. There are no reports of a setback with the shortstop's back, it just sounds like he isn't satisfied with his swing after missing the majority of spring training action. Seager has played in three minor league games this past week, and reportedly felt fine physically. If the Dodgers decide to hold their young star out of Freeway Series, it would simply be to get him more consistent at-bats in minor league camp, rather than a sign that they are planning on placing him on the disabled list to start the season.
Seager (oblique) is scheduled to work seven innings at shortstop Saturday in a minor league game and is likely to return to the Dodgers after that, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. There wasn't any initial clarification about whether this replaces or adds to his initially scheduled Friday efforts in a minor league outing. Either way, the fact they're projecting Seager to rejoin the big club soon marks a positive step for the highly coveted fantasy shortstop.
Seager (oblique) will hit and play four or five innings at shortstop in Friday's minor league game, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. After appearing in Tuesday's minor league game as DH, Seager is now scheduled to return to shortstop for the first time since injuring his oblique. This is encouraging, as the 22-year-old has been sidelined for most of March with the issue. It will be close, but barring any setbacks in the field on Friday, he still has time to be ready for Opening Day.
Seager (oblique) said he felt no discomfort in his side while serving as DH in Tuesday's minor league contest, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports, Seager went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but the fact that he got through three at-bats without any discomfort is the bigger takeaway. He'll take off Wednesday before he progresses to five innings of work at shortstop in Thursday's minor league game. The Dodgers will continue to be cautious with the 22-year-old, but if he is able to avoid any setbacks through the rest of spring, he should have enough time to be ready for Opening Day.
Seager (oblique) will serve as DH in Tuesday's minor league game but will not take the field, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Seager was set to play three innings at shortstop to go along with his at-bats, but the Dodgers will continue to take it slow with him. If all goes well Tuesday, he is scheduled to play five innings on Thursday and could return to the field later in the week. The 22-year-old still has enough time to get ready for Opening Day, but it's looking like it will be a close call.