For Lookouts Fans Corey Seager’s Success Is No Surprise
157 games. .308 batting average. 193 hits. 105 runs. 71 extra base hits. 26 home runs. 72 RBIs. Those are the numbers that have propelled 22-year old shortstop, Corey Seager, to not only the top of the NL Rookie of the Year conversation, but right into the thick of the NL MVP discussion. Here are just some of the highlights from the rookie’s record setting campaign.
- His 193 hits were the most by any big league rookie since 2001 (Ichiro Suzuki 242, Albert Pujols 194).
- Was the fourth rookie in the divisional era to finish top 10 in the NL in batting average and slugging percentage.
- His 26 home runs were the third-most by a shortstop in baseball history.
Seager’s numbers tell a tale of dominance about a player who has only played in 184 Major League games. How does such a young player come into the league and make such a large impact right away? Part of the answer can be found by looking at Seager’s path to the Majors. Instead of rushing their prized prospect the Dodgers slowly moved him through the minor league ranks.
In 2014, the phenom made his way to Chattanooga from Rancho Cucamonga and wowed fans right from the start. In his Double-A debut Seager smacked a triple for his first hit and went on to collect a hit in 24 of his first 26 games. The team’s top prospect showed his penchant for belting extra-base hits, finishing the season fifth on the team in doubles with 16 despite playing in 88 fewer games than O’Koyea Dickson who led the team with 36. Despite all the success Seager had in Chattanooga he only hit two home runs, a far cry from his record setting 26 he hit this season. In 2015 the power returned as he unleashed 13 homers as a member of the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. That same year Seager made his Major League debut and recorded two hits in his first ever game with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Even though Lookouts fans only got to watch Seager for 38 games, his tenure with the team will not be forgotten. With the building blocks he has in place it would not be a shock to see him cement himself as one of the best players in all of baseball next season.