Report: Dodgers to call up top shortstop prospect Corey Seager
The Dodgers are calling up top shortstop prospect Corey Seager from Triple A Oklahoma City, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The 21-year-old Seager, who was named the No. 1 prospect in baseball at midseason by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, will join the team in time for its series opener against the Padres in San Diego on Thursday, reports the Los Angeles Times. No corresponding roster move has been announced.
Seager, a 6'4" lefthanded hitter, was a first-round pick (18th overall) out of a North Carolina high school by the Dodgers in 2012 and is the younger brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. He came into the season as a consensus top-10 prospect in baseball, with BA ranking him fifth and BP ranking him seventh. Across two levels of the minors this season, Seager has hit a combined .292/.343/.486 in 545 plate appearances; since being promoted to Triple A on May 1, Seager has hit .276/.331/.450 in 459 plate appearances with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs. In July, both BA and BP tabbed Seager as the best prospect in baseball among their midseason top 50 lists.
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Seager was called up to provide help and depth to a Dodgers infield that has been struck by a wave of injuries. Hamstring strains have sidelined second baseman Howie Kendrick (who is on the disabled list), utility infielder Kiké Hernandez and backup shortstop Jose Peraza, and third baseman Justin Turner was hit on the left hand with a pitch in Wednesday night's win over the Giants. Rosenthal added that Seager could be given starts at shortstop for Los Angeles to spell veteran Jimmy Rollins, who has hit just .222/.276/.358 with 13 homers and 41 RBIs in 516 plate appearances, as well as at third base in place of Turner.
The Dodgers are currently 75–57 and hold a 6 1/2-game lead for first place in the National League West over the Giants after finishing a three-game sweep of San Francisco on Wednesday night.