The Dodgers will receive more roster reinforcement on Thursday, with the reported promotion of top prospect Corey Seager to the major leagues before the club's four-game series against the Padres in San Diego, per multiple reports.
Seager's high school was the first to break the news, followed by a pair of national reporters.
Former Trojan star Corey Seager was called up to the Show. He will meet the Dodgers in San Diego. Congrats Corey! #TrojanPride— NCHS Baseball (@TrojanPride1) September 3, 2015
Dodgers are calling up corey seager, the top prospect in mlb— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 3, 2015
The Year of the Rookie gets another gem: Corey Seager, arguably the best prospect left in the minor leagues, is coming up for the Dodgers.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 3, 2015
The Dodgers haven't yet confirmed the report.
Seager went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 11-3 win over Iowa on Wednesday night that clinched the American North Division of the Pacific Coast League.
Seager since getting promoted to Triple-A on May 1 hit .276/.331/.450 with Oklahoma City, with 13 home runs, 29 doubles and 59 RBI in 104 games. He finished with an eight-game hitting streak, hitting .314/.368/.571 (11-for-35) with four doubles, a triple and a home run during that span.
He is the consensus top prospect remaining in the minors, and the need on the Dodgers is obvious.
The Dodgers are proactive in resting third baseman Justin Turner once every fourth or fifth day, and the current backups are Alex Guerrero, who has been buried on the bench, and a gaggle of players who haven't really played the position. Chase Utley has been taking grounders at third base as a possible solution, but for now he is the starting second baseman with Howie Kendrick still shelved with a strained left hamstring.
Turner was hit by a pitch on the left hand on Wednesday night, but X-rays taken in game were negative.
Seager has mixed in a few starts at third base all year, totaling 15 with Oklahoma City compared to 88 starts at shortstop.
Jimmy Rollins has started 18 straight games and nine straight days at shortstop, and the Dodgers plan to give him occasional rest, too. With Kiké Hernandez also on the DL with a hamstring strain, Jose Peraza is currently the only backup shortstop on the team.
Apparently Peraza is hurting, too.
Reasons for #Dodgers’ promotion of Seager, per source: Peraza sore hamstring, out at least 3 to 5 games. W/Kiké out, no backup SS on roster.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 3, 2015
Seager on Thursday is 21 days, 129 days old. He would be the youngest Dodgers player to start at third base since Adrian Beltre in 2000, and if he starts at shortstop will be the youngest since Bobby Valentine in 1971.
The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding roster move to make room for Seager on the 40-man roster.