Seager, who was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, hit .333 (4 for 12) in 12 spring games. He also had two doubles, four RBI, five runs, six walks and five strikeouts.
Schebler went 0 for 2 in Wednesday's game, leaving him 8 for 20 with two home runs and six RBI in his second major-league spring stint. He's excelled with the bat during the last two seasons, including hitting .280/.365/.556 with 28 home runs, 73 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 489 at-bats with Double-A Chattanooga last season.
The team also re-assigned five players to minor-league camp Wednesday, including top infield prospect
“Do I think he’s ready [to play at the major league level]?” Mattingly said. “I wouldn’t be afraid of [playing] him, I’ll tell you that.”
Center fielder Joc Pederson and pitcher Julio Urias have generated the most buzz among the up-and-coming prospects. However, Seager has performed well in his own right. He's hit 3-for-8 in Cactus League play and has drawn four walks.
“With Corey, there’s really nothing not to like. He looks comfortable in the [batter’s] box," Mattingly said. "He looks comfortable on the field. He looks comfortable with our guys in the clubhouse. He seems to be handling everything about big league camp.”
"The whole package has been good," Mattingly said. "He has a chance to be special."
Seager was rated as the No. 5 overall prospect by Baseball America this offseason. A first-round pick in 2012, Seager hit .349/.402/.602 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI and six stolen bases in 475 at-bats with high Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga in 2014. The team added Jimmy Rollins to play shortstop, making sure Seager wouldn't be pushed before he was ready to play every day in the majors.
"Talking to Andrew [Friedman, president], we want to give them the best chance to develop so it's not a back-and-forth thing [to the Minor Leagues]," Mattingly said. "They all like to get here quick, but you run the risk of cutting corners and that can set a guy back."
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