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Corey Seager, Arizona Fall League & third base

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LOS ANGELES -- While the Dodgers were busy having their season cut short in the NLDS on Tuesday, the Arizona Fall League began its season. Which for the most part means focusing on Corey Seager, and more specifically where he plays.

Listed at 6'4, 215 pounds, many expect Seager to eventually move off shortstop, or more accurately grow out of the position. But the talk of moving hasn't affected him.

"It doesn't bother me, no," Seager said in September while at Dodger Stadium. "I like shortstop."

To date Seager has played 255 of his 256 minor league games in the field at shortstop, playing two innings at third base in one game in 2013. Seager said a few in the organization have talked about him possibly seeing some time at third base during the AFL, though he wasn't sure how much.

Seager did say that if the eventual plan is for him to be a third baseman, he'd prefer to start playing the position in the minor leagues first.

"I'm open to it," Seager said. "I'd rather learn how to play [third base] before I got up here."

Seager hit third and played shortstop for the Glendale Desert Dogs on Tuesday, and hit two doubles and walked twice in five trips to the plate. It is the second go-around in the Arizona Fall League for Seager, who hit just .181/.253/.306 (13-for-72) in 2013.

He chalked it up, along with his initial struggles at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga after his mid-2013 promotion, to fatigue and playing against more talented players.

Seager so far in 2014 has excelled at making adjustments, first obliterating Class-A to the tune of .352/.411/.633, winning California League MVP on the basis of 80 games. Another midseason promotion awaited, and this time Seager was ready, hitting .345/.381/.534 with 16 doubles in 38 games for Double-A Chattanooga. Not that it wasn't without a learning curve.

"I got attacked in a lot in Double-A, and that was a big thing I struggled with at first," he said.

Seager, who will turn 21 in April, will likely open 2015 at Double-A, which for the Dodgers now means Tulsa, their new affiliate. He figures to see the major leagues by 2016, but hasn't set a goal date for joining the Dodgers.

"I've tried to stay away from that," Seager said. "If it happens, it happens. I don't like to set it that far out."


The Desert Dogs were rained out on Wednesday. Matt Magill was scheduled to start, and will presumably start Thursday instead. Magill and Daniel Coulombe are on the pitching staff, along with the other five Dodgers on the roster.

Glendale hosts the Surprise Saguaros on Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. PT.