March 23, 2020 at 10:03 am
The number 1 prospect of the decade should come as no surprise.
1. Corey Seager; No surprise here as Corey Seager was not only the number 1 prospect in the Dodgers system but also the unanimous number 1 prospect in Baseball after the 2015 season. Corey Seager was the 18 overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. What the Dodgers saw in Seager was a kid with good bat control, the ability to get good barrel on the ball, someone who can hit for average and potential for some power. A big defender at 6’4 but has the range to play short, a good enough arm and the glove plays up to the position. Seager is not a fast runner by any stretch but that doesn’t stop him from being a good baserunner as he uses his smarts to know when to test an arm and when to not.
Seager began his career with the Ogden Raptors where in 46 games he hit .309 with 8 home runs and 33 rbi’s, an OPS of .903. In the 2013 season, he began with the Class A Great Lakes Loons where in 74 games Corey continued to showcase his outstanding hitting ability hitting .309 with 12 home runs, 57 rbi’s and an OPS of .918. Despite Corey’s knack for swinging at the first pitch he also shows the ability to draw a decent amount of walks. He was then promoted to Single-A Rancho in august, but in just 27 games he hit .160 and struggled with plate discipline and bat speed, which were usually strengths.
In the 2014 season, Seager began with Rancho where in 80 games he hit .352 with 18 home runs, 70 rbi’s and an absurd OPS of 1.044. Needless to say, he was an all-star that year and was subsequently called up to Double-A Chattanooga where he hit .345 with 2 home runs and 27 rbi’s in 38 games, as well an OPS of .915. By season’s end, he was named MVP of the California League and Co Minor Leaguer of the Year with Joc Pederson. After this great season, Corey was ranked in the top 10 by all prospect rankings going as high as 5 and as low as 7.
Corey started 2015 with new Double-A affiliate the Tulsa Drillers, in 20 games Corey hit .375 with 5 home runs and 15 rbi’s with an OPS of 1.082. After the hot start, the word being thrown around to describe Corey was phenomenal. He was called up to Triple-A Oklahoma City where in 105 games he hit .278 with 13 home runs and 61 rbi’s. This included a game where he went 6 for 6 with a home run and 6 rbi’s. Just the 2nd player in Oklahoma City history to record 6 hits in one game. He was an all-star, of course, and Triple-A player of the Year. He ended up getting called up in September, making his debut on September 3rd and going 2-4 with 2 rbi’s against the Padres. In 27 short games, Seager hit .337 with 4 home runs and 17 rbi’s. Firmly placing himself as the shortstop of the Now as well as the future. After this fantastic year from Seager, he was unanimously the number 1 prospect in all of Baseball.
In 2016 Corey was the Dodgers starting shortstop, in 157 games he hit .308 with 27 home runs and 72 rbi’s OPsing at .877. He was the unanimous Rookie of the Year, while also finishing 3rd in MVP voting behind Daniel Murphy and MVP winner Kris Bryant. Corey showed us exactly why he was the number 1 prospect in Baseball as well as the best Dodgers prospect of the Decade.
This concludes my rankings, tell me your thoughts. Did you agree with my Rankings? If not who would your top 10 be?
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