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Dodgers Select 3rd Baseman Corey Seager in 1st round

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The Dodgers drafted this guys brother
The Dodgers drafted this guys brother

With the #18 pick in the 2012 draft, the Dodgers finally bucked the trend and went with an offensive player as they selected high school 3rd baseman Corey Seager. The hot corner has been a black hole for the Dodgers every since the departure of Adrian Beltre, so the Dodgers will hope to find their future 3rd baseman in Seager.

The first thing to know about Seager is that he is the brother of Mariner's current 3rd base Kyle Seager who broke into the big leagues last year and is now holding his own in Seattle. At 6'3" and 205 lbs, Corey is bigger than his brother and projects to have solid power as he matures. Some scouts say the lefty has one of the prettiest swings in the draft, and they also rave about his bat speed.

A shortstop in high school, he doesn't have the quickness to play there in the big leagues but has plenty of instincts and a strong arm that would make him a valuable 3rd baseman. He hit 10 homers for his high school team this season, and doesn't have a problem going the other way. From Baseball America, "This is the most underrated player in this draft," a National League crosschecker said. "I'm here to tell you, if it looks like a big leaguer, walks like a big leaguer and swings like a big leaguer, it's probably a big leaguer. By the way, he has bloodlines. By the way, it's as advanced an approach as there is in this draft."

Corey is advised by Scott Boras and has a strong commitment to South Carolina, but given he was the 18th overall pick he seems like he'll sign.

Here is his draft video from mlb.com