Corey Seager
Corey Seager
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The fact that Seager was still limited in the volume and distance of his throwing at the start of spring training should have been a huge red flag. Seager insisted he would be active for Opening Day, but he didn't appear to be himself as he was limited to DH duty initially upon joining big-league camp and slashed just .220/.316/.440 during Cactus League play. While he was indeed cleared for the start of the year, Seager's struggles continued into the regular season and then, suddenly, in late April the Dodgers announced that Seager was headed for Tommy John surgery. Later in the summer, Seager had another procedure to repair a torn left hip labrum and shave a misshaped bone. Seager was an emerging star in the game before the lost season, having shown an ability to hit for both power and average. If these surgeries have their desired effect, Seager should end up being a tremendous bargain. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Dodgers in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Homers in return to lineup
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
September 28, 2019
Seager went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a victory over the Giants on Friday.
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Seager sat out Thursday's game with a tight hamstring but was back in the lineup Friday, drilling a solo shot to right field in the second inning. The shortstop is ending the regular season on a high note with a .304/.337/.646 slash line, seven homers and 23 RBI in September.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
23
9
2
37
13
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
4
4
4
6
10
8
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .796 415 55 15 56 0 .277 .340 .456
Since 2017vs Right .844 854 125 28 121 5 .285 .363 .481
2019vs Left .703 185 19 6 24 0 .240 .308 .395
2019vs Right .876 356 63 13 63 1 .289 .348 .528
2018vs Left .660 40 3 1 3 0 .231 .250 .410
2018vs Right .787 75 10 1 10 0 .290 .400 .387
2017vs Left .916 190 33 8 29 0 .325 .389 .527
2017vs Right .826 423 52 14 48 4 .281 .369 .457
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+73%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .832 604 97 22 86 2 .276 .351 .481
Since 2017Away .825 665 83 21 91 3 .288 .359 .465
2019Home .826 239 41 9 41 0 .269 .331 .495
2019Away .810 302 41 10 46 1 .275 .338 .473
2018Home .539 56 6 1 4 0 .167 .268 .271
2018Away .933 59 7 1 9 0 .358 .424 .509
2017Home .889 309 50 12 41 2 .301 .382 .507
2017Away .818 304 35 10 36 2 .288 .368 .449
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Stat Review
How does Corey Seager compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
8.1%
 
K Rate
18.1%
 
BABIP
.303
 
ISO
.211
 
AVG
.272
 
OBP
.335
 
SLG
.483
 
OPS
.817
 
wOBA
.353
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.3%
 
Barrels/PA
4.7%
 
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Even as he battled multiple injuries in 2017, Seager delivered an impressive encore to his Rookie of the Year campaign, reaching base at a .375 clip while racking up 55 extra-base hits. Unfortunately for Seager, his health issues caught up with him in October, as a back injury sidelined him for the entirety of the NLCS and likely contributed to his poor performance in the World Series. In addition, the shortstop played through a sore elbow for much of the second half and playoffs, though the Dodgers are hopeful a winter of rest and rehab will allow him to enter spring training at full strength. Seager's health is worth checking during the Dodgers' initial workouts, but if the early reports are positive, pencil him in for another season of outstanding four-category production. Since Seager prioritizes spraying the ball to all fields, he'll likely be merely an above-average contributor in home runs, but his sound approach as the No. 2 hitter in a stacked offense should make him an excellent source of batting average and runs.
Picking up where he left off after a strong September showing, Seager played like a veteran in his first full season en route to NL Rookie of the Year honors and a third place NL MVP finish. Though he exhibited power in the low minors, Seager's 26 long balls exceeded expectations. A 17.9 percent HR/FB mark isn't outrageous, but still, don't be surprised if he incurs some regression in the power department. Seager's batted-ball profile and hard-hit rate fully support a high batting average on balls in play, yielding a solid floor in terms of batting average and run production. There's even some room for growth with respect to plate skills. A 79 percent contact rate is league average nowadays, but his pedigree portends improvement. Despite the fact he is entering his age-23 season, Seager should be viewed as an extremely safe four-category anchor.
Reasonable minds can disagree about whether Seager is the top prospect in baseball heading into the 2016 season, but it is hard to argue that he's not the safest prospect in the game. The Dodgers maintain that he is their shortstop of the future, and while it seems likely that he will move to third base at some point in his career, fantasy owners should get at least two or three years of shortstop eligibility out of him. His career could even mirror those of Cal Ripken and Alex Rodriguez, where he stays up the middle for a decade-plus. It is completely unreasonable to expect him to pick up where he left off last year. After all, it was a 27-game sample and he only faced six teams over that stretch, so the league has not yet adjusted to him. Still, he has the look of a top-five fantasy shortstop for years to come.
It doesn’t really matter if Seager can stick at shortstop, because the guy can flat out rake. He profiles as an above-average offensive option at either spot on the left side, and his stock has never been higher. Seager obliterated pitchers at both stops in 2014, posting a .352/.411/.633 slash line at High-A Rancho Cucamonga and a .345/.381/.534 line at Double-A Chattanooga. He combined for 20 home runs and six steals in 118 total games at both stops, and doesn’t turn 21 until after the start of the 2015 season. The younger brother of Kyle Seager (who has 20-plus home runs in three straight seasons in Seattle), Corey is actually more highly regarded as a prospect than his older brother ever was. In addition to staggering numbers, strong bloodlines and the potential to stick at shortstop, Seager also has a clear path to the big leagues as the Dodgers will soon have gaping holes at both spots on the left side of the infield. Expect a late-2015/early-2016 debut.
The organization's first-round pick (No. 18 overall) in 2012, Seager's professional career has gotten off to a strong start. Seager swatted 16 homers in 372 overall at-bats in 2013, though after domination in the Low-A Midwest League (.918 OPS), Seager posted just a .566 OPS in 100 at-bats in the High-A California League. He will likely be a third baseman long-term, but for now he appears to be sticking at shortstop in the lower levels of the minors. Look for Seager to conquer High-A in 2014 and finish the season in Double-A, with a mid-to-late 2015 debut possible.
The younger brother of Seattle's Kyle Seager, Corey looks to have the higher ceiling of the two after being drafted out of high school as the 18th overall pick in 2012. Seager got his pro career off to a great start, batting .309/.383/.520 with eight home runs and eight stolen bases in 175 at-bats in the rookie-level Pioneer League. He's likely a third baseman long-term, and so far it appears he has the bat to handle the position. Seager will make the jump to Low-A this year and is probably three years from the big leagues.
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Starting at shortstop
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
September 27, 2019
Seager (hamstring) is starting at shortstop and batting fifth Friday against the Giants.
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Expected to play Friday
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
Hamstring
September 26, 2019
Seager (hamstring) is expected to return to the lineup against the Giants on Friday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Exits with hamstring tightness
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
Hamstring
September 25, 2019
Seager was removed from Wednesday's game against the Padres with left hamstring tightness, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Named NL Player of the Week
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
September 24, 2019
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Registers another multi-hit game
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
September 22, 2019
Seager went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a victory over Colorado on Sunday.
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