Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager is now one step closer to the major leagues, as the shortstop will be promoted from Double-A Tulsa to Triple-A Oklahoma City, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Seager went out with a bang for Tulsa on Thursday night, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a home run in the Drillers' 15-4 drubbing of Arkansas.
It was the fifth home run of the season for Seager, rated the Dodgers' top prospect and ranked anywhere in the preseason from the fifth- to seventh-best prospect in baseball by several national services.
He was a non-roster invitee who spent most of spring training in the Dodgers' major league camp, then played games with the Triple-A squad in Arizona. But the Dodgers started him back at Double-A to begin the regular season, in a new city though at the same level at which he excelled for Chattanooga in 2014, hitting .345/.381/.534 in 38 games.
"Corey's efficient and effective development is our number one priority and we believed wholeheartedly that additional reps in AA would be beneficial to his growth as a player and as a human being," Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler said in April.
Seager is hitting .375/.407/.675 with five home runs, seven doubles and a triple this season in Double-A, with 17 runs scored and 15 RBI in 20 games. He has reached base in all but three games so far this season, and has 10 multi-hit games in 20 games.
Seager played third base for the Drillers on Thursday, the fourth time he has done so this year. The organization plans to have Seager play at the hot corner roughly once a week to familiarize himself with the position before getting to the majors, though he is still viewed by the organization as a shortstop.
Since getting promoted to Double-A at the All-Star break in 2014, Seager hit .355/.390/.583 with 34 extra-base hits in 58 games. His stay in advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga lasted 107 games.
Seager, who just turned 21 on Monday, will be one of the youngest players in Triple-A upon his promotion. He is expected to report to Oklahoma City, who is on the road in Iowa, on Friday, per Plunkett.