Corey Seager, 2017
Stats: .295/.375/.479/.854, 22 HR, 77 RBI, 33 2B, 126 OPS+, .364 wOBA, 127 wRC+
Awards: All-Star, Silver Slugger, MVP (17th)
Baseball Reference WAR: 5.3
FanGraphs WAR: 6.0
Combined WAR: 5.65
After taking the league by storm in his rookie campaign, Corey Seager showed no signs of having a sophomore slump in 2017. Though his numbers took a bit of a hit across the board, he proved that he was one of the emerging stars in the game, and likely already a top-five shortstop.
Seager’s season got off to a scorching hot start. Through the first month of the season, he was hitting .319 with an OPS of .961. He had five homers, 17 RBI and had already walked 15 times. May was a struggle, as his numbers across the board were poor. Once June hit, Seager performed like the best shortstop in baseball for over three months.
From June 5 through September 17, Seager posted a slash of .325/.383/.522/.905. He hit 13 home runs while driving in 47, also adding 19 doubles and scoring 39 runs.
Another highlight of Seager’s season was his improved defense. After a league-leading 18 errors at shortstop in 2016, he made only 11 errors in 2017.
His success from the season couldn’t carry over to October, as he hit only .237 in 10 postseason games, including a .222 average in the World Series. He did hit a home run that looked to be a potentially defying moment of the series, but the Dodgers ended up losing the game.
Here’s where Seager’s season ranked among shortstops in Dodgers history:
- 22 home runs (2nd)
- 159 hits (21st)
- 33 doubles (6th)
- 77 RBI (7th)
- 67 walks (19th)
- .375 OBP (17th)
- .854 OPS (9th)