Seager provides Dodgers with five-tool potential
Coming from baseball family, big, athletic shortstop has gifts to make impact in MLB
Former Fairleigh Dickinson University baseball player Jeff Seager is the driving force behind a trio of professional baseball-playing sons -- Kyle, Justin and Corey.
The eldest, Kyle, 26, is making quite a name for himself with the Seattle Mariners. Middle son Justin is just 21 and playing in the same Mariners organization. The youngest Seager player, Corey, just hit a grand slam for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday. He doesn't turn 20 until next April.
Jeff has taught his three sons every aspect of the game of baseball.
Each brother is big, strong and athletic. Corey is the biggest. And he may add even more weight and strength to his existing 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame.
Corey had an excellent senior year at Northwest Cabarrus High School in Concord, N.C.
Showered with awards and accolades, Seager hit .519 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs as a senior. In addition to being a terrific baseball player, he was an exceptionally good student.
The Dodgers selected Seager in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He's now ranked No. 2 on the Dodgers' Top 20 Prospects list.
A left-handed hitter, Corey has very good balance and superb hitting mechanics at the plate. He has gap power at the moment, with the potential to hit plenty of home runs as he develops further and learns to hit high quality pitching.
Seager's hands are quick through the ball, and he has a short, measured swing that allows him to use the entire field and drive the ball up the middle consistently.
Quiet at the plate, there is very little movement in his hitting mechanics.
I have yet to see him waste an at-bat. He battles pitchers by knowing the strike zone and staying within his limitations. His pitch selection is above average. He gets both loft and backspin on the ball, which projects very well for continued power development.
Despite his size, Seager has outstanding agility and coordination. As a shortstop, he makes all the plays naturally. He has excellent range and an extremely strong and powerful arm.
Seager's five-tool ability includes speed to steal bases and go from first to third with ease. He can beat the opposition with his bat, his glove and his legs. And his instincts.
After signing with the Dodgers, Seager completed part of the 2012 season with Ogden in the Pioneer Rookie League. He hit .309 in 202 plate appearances. The outstanding beginning included eight home runs. He also accepted 21 walks while striking out only 33 times.
This past season, Seager played at two Dodgers classifications. While playing at Class A Great Lakes, he hit .309 with 12 homers while going to the plate 312 times.. Then, at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga in the California League, he hit .160 in 114 plate appearances.
Seager's size may alter his future defensive position.
If he continues to grow, especially with upper-body strength, he could be oversized as a shortstop. For now, and I think for the foreseeable future, Seager will continue as a shortstop.
Seager has the ability to play third base or the outfield. He is strong enough with the bat and with his outstanding arm strength to be a force in right field. Time will tell.
Baseball fans will be watching the Seager brothers for quite some time. Kyle is established, and Justin is still in development. And younger brother Corey has all the tools to make an impact as a Major League player.
Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff; on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.