Huge, wide shouldered 6'4" frame; filling out quickly; gets bigger every time I see him; possesses athleticism, but lacks looseness; strong bloodlines; younger brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.
04/03/14; 04/15/14; 04/16/14; 05/31/14
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
Mental lapses early in the year have been cleared up; plays hard; carries himself like a professional; interactions with teammates, opponents, and umpires are in a big league demeanor; steady improvements.
Slightly open with a wide base; quiet in the box; strong pitch recognition skills; selectively aggressive; smart hitter; picks apart opposing pitchers with his brain; stays through the ball; long stride; can get a bit long in games; anchored in the batter's box; good leverage; hands can get too deep; creates for a barred front arm at times; plus bat speed and strength to make up for it.
Power is presently above-average; projects to plus once he fills out his huge frame; power comes from several outlets; strength, leverage, and loft in swing combined with plus bat speed; creates plenty of backspin on baseballs; already possesses a good feel of which pitches to drive; would like to see him incorporate left side of the diamond more within his approach.
Moves well for his size, but lacks speed; below-average runner; mostly agility; high baseball acumen plays up on the bases; lack of speed is one contributing factor for move to third base.
Makes the routine plays; good hands; can get rid of the ball quickly; lacks first step quickness; stays balanced on less difficult plays; doesn't have the looseness to make plays ranging in either direction; difficulty getting down for balls due to large frame; forced to backhand often; potential to become a plus defender if shifted to third base.
Plus arm strength with plus carry; short arm action; accurate; plays at either shortstop or third base; could even profile in right field if need be.
This 20-year-old player is very advanced for his age, and does not belong in the California League (High-A). He possesses loud tools that allow for a potential All-Star ceiling, but is doing his damage against opposing pitchers without relying on his pure talent. He is quite frankly brighter than opposing pitchers, and is able to pick apart their plan and make them pay for it. The player has made steady improvements on the little things throughout the season, too.
I don't believe the player will be able to stick at shortstop, and feel a move to third base is inevitable. He possesses a huge frame; getting bigger every time I see him, and lacks the looseness to stick at shortstop. But he will be more than fine at the hot corner, where the stick will play with ease.