He’s entered a slump. The 2020 World Series MVP didn’t get much going at the plate this past week and, as a result, his numbers have dipped. Corey Seager’s batting average is now .326 and his OPS is 1.110. He did hit a home run against the Giants.

There will be ups and downs throughout the 2021 season and Corey Seager will not be impervious to them. However, if this spring is any indication, it looks like even in a “slump” Seager will still hit for power.

Last year, Seager ranked in the high-90s percentile of exit velocity, hardhit%, xwOBA, xBA, xSLG, and barrel%. This data, according to Baseball Savant, is proof that Seager’s 2020 season was not a fluke.

Looking Forward

With spring training nearing its end, it becomes all the more likely that Seager will not sign a contract extension before the season begins. If he doesn’t, he’ll join Francisco Lindor, Trevor Story, Javy Baez, and Carlos Correa as the top shortstops in a loaded 2021 free-agent class.

All are capable of having huge seasons and that, in turn, will drive up the bidding price for each. Lindor seems to be the best all-around shortstop of the group. Story has speed, power, and a good glove. Baez is a magician in the field and hits tanks. Correa is a cheater but still a pretty good ballplayer. And Seager is smooth with the bat. He may be the best hitter of them all.

It will be interesting to see if playing in a contract year has any effect on Seager. Will the pressure get to him and affect him negatively on the field? Or will it encourage him to dominate and earn a $200 million dollar contract?

The good news is there will be regular season baseball this week! We shall see if Corey Seager can carry over his power-filled spring into the 2021 season. First stop is Coors Field, Trevor Story, and the Nolan Arenado-less Colorado Rockies.


BA: .326
OPS: 1.110
AB: 13 (46)
2B: 0 (0)
3B: 0 (0)
RBI: 2 (14)
HR: 1 (6)
BB: 0 (5)
SB: 0 (0)
Errors: 0 (1)

For more on Corey Seager’s stats, click here.

For footage of Corey Seager’s home run against the Giants, click here.

You can view last week’s recap, click here.


PHOTO CREDIT: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


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