Time with Dodgers: 2015-current
Stats: .294/.362/.491/.853, 73 HR, 266 RBI, 302 R, 545 H, 126 OPS+
Baseball Reference WAR: 15.7
FanGraphs WAR: 18.2
Combined WAR: 16.95
Corey Seager was drafted by the Dodgers with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft. He spent a few seasons in the minors before making his debut in 2015.
Seager played in 27 games that year, impressing early on. Though his stint was brief, Seager was one of the hottest hitters for the Dodgers while he was with the club. He hit .337 and had an OPS of .986. It wasn’t just a fluke, as Seager’s 2016 season won him National League Rookie of the Year honors. He hit .308/.365/.512/.877 with 26 homers and 72 RBI. In addition to winning the ROY, he also finished third in MVP voting and was an All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner.
During a 101 game stretch from the end of May through the end of September, Seager was the best shortstop in all of baseball, as a rookie. He was hitting .342 with an OPS of .958. In only 97 games started, Seager had 138 hits.
The following season wasn’t as good for the young shortstop, but he was still an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger and finished 17th in MVP voting. He hit .295 with an OPS of .854, while hitting 22 homers and driving in 77. Yet again, Seager got hot when the weather heated up. From the end of May through the end of August, Seager slashed .333/.403/.525/.929. During this run he had 12 homers with 41 RBI, and had 92 hits in 69 starts.
2018 was a tough one for Seager. He appeared in only 26 games before Tommy John surgery cut his season short. He was hitting only .267 with an OPS of .744 before ending his season.
He bounced back nicely in 2019. Though his average was the second lowest of his career (.272), Seager still drove in a career-high 87 RBI and had a career-best 44 doubles, which led the National League. Missing nearly 30 games, had Seager played in a handful of more games, he likely would have surpassed 100 RBI and 50 doubles.
26 years old now, Seager will enter the 2020 season fully healthy, whenever that should be.
Here’s where Seager ranks among shortstops in Dodgers history:
- 73 home runs (2nd)
- 302 runs (7th)
- 545 hits (8th)
- 130 doubles (3rd)
- 266 RBI (6th)