Dodgers News: Corey Seager Ranked Top-10 Shortstop By MLB Network’s The Shredder Despite Coming Off Injury
Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
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Despite missing the majority of last season after undergoing respective Tommy John and hip surgeries, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was ranked the No. 7 player at his position entering 2019 by MLB Network’s The Shredder.

Ahead of Seager on the list are the Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor, the Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez, the Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story, free agent Manny Machado, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Andrelton Simmons and the Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa.

In what was an injury-mired 2018 campaign, Seager hit a respectable .267/.348/.396 with five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 13 RBI over 115 plate appearances. He was sidelined from the start of May through the end of the Dodgers’ World Series run.

Looking ahead to the 2019 season, Seager recently revealed that he is feeling healthy for the start of Spring Training.

Dodgers officials have maintained that Seager should be on the field for Opening Day as well, though the 24-year-old declined to offer those same assurances himself.

With Machado unlikely to return to the Dodgers in free agency, Seager will be afforded all of Spring Training to prove he is be able to handle the shortstop position again. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the plan is for him to play some Minor League games in a controlled environment before switching over to the Major League side.

A healthy Seager will represent a major boon to the Dodgers lineup. In parts of four Major League seasons, the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year owns a career .302/.372/.494 slash line with 86 doubles, seven triples, 54 home runs and 179 RBI across 1,528 plate appearances (355 games).

Among shortstops with at least 1,200 plate appearances since the start pf the 2016 season, Seager ranks first with a 130 WRC+. He is followed by Machado (125), Correa (125) and Lindor (119).

RankThe ShredderMike PetrielloBen Lindbergh Vince Gennaro
1Francisco Lindor (CLE)Francisco Lindor (CLE)Manny MachadoFrancisco Lindor (CLE)
2Javier Báez (CHC)Manny MachadoFrancisco Lindor (CLE)Manny Machado
3Trevor Story (COL)Trevor Story (COL)Carlos Correa (HOU)Andrelton Simmons (LAA)
4Manny MachadoAndrelton Simmons (LAA)Corey Seager (LAD)Xander Bogaerts (BOS)
5Andrelton Simmons (LAA)Javier Báez (CHC)Andrelton Simmons (LAA)Javier Báez (CHC)
6Carlos Correa (HOU)Corey Seager (LAD)Xander Bogaerts (BOS)Corey Seager (LAD)
7Corey Seager (LAD)Xander Bogaerts (BOS)Javier Báez (CHC)Trevor Story (COL)
8Paul DeJong (STL)Carlos Correa (HOU)Trevor Story (COL)Trea Turner (WSN)
9Jean Segura (PHI)Trea Turner (WSN)Trea Turner (WSN)Carlos Correa (HOU)
10Didi Gregorius (NYY)Jean Segura (PHI)Jean Segura (PHI)Didi Gregorius (NYY)