Corey Seager, 2016
Stats: .308/.365/.512/.877, 26 HR, 72 RBI, 40 2B, 105 R, 193 H, 134 OPS+, 321 TB
Awards: NL Rookie of the Year, All-Star, Silver Slugger, MVP (3rd)
Baseball Reference WAR: 5.2
FanGraphs WAR: 6.9
Combined WAR: 6.05
In his first full season as a Dodger, Corey Seager emerged as one of the best shortstops in all of baseball. As a rookie, Seager added some hardware for his trophy case. He won Rookie of the Year honors, becoming yet another Dodger to take home the honor. In addition, he won a Silver Slugger and was named an All-Star. He also came in third in voting for MVP.
In 2016, Seager ranked second in the national league with 193 hits, fifth in runs scored with 105, seventh in average at .308 and overall had the second highest offensive WAR at 5.9. Not bad in your first season as the full-time shortstop.
Through the first two months of the season, Seager was off to a pretty good start. He was hitting just below .280 with an OPS of above .800. It was the next three months in which Seager was not only the best shortstop in baseball, but arguably the best hitter as well. Over the course of his next 72 games, Seager hit .355/.409/.590/.998, with 13 homers and 34 RBI.
His production in June earned him NL Rookie of the Month honors. For the month, Seager hit .343 with an OPS of 1.085. He clubbed eight homers and scored 20 runs.
Here’s where Seager’s rookie season ranks in Dodgers history among players who played at least 100 games:
- 26 home runs (3rd)
- 105 runs (4th)
- 193 hits (3rd)
- 40 doubles (2nd)
- 72 RBI (15th)
- .308 AVG (10th)
- .512 SLG (7th)
- .877 OPS (6th)