The Los Angeles Dodgers stand as one of the few teams that has a rich farm system and can simultaneously field a win-now roster. Their offseason spending thus far reiterates the organization’s desire to win a World Series, while Corey Seager, Julio Urias and the farm system provide an optimistic outlook.
Seager remains an untouchable asset for the Dodgers, with a rookie season vaulting him to the front stage of MLB stardom. The unanimous National League Rookie of the Year and third-place finalist for the NL MVP has a bright future ahead of himself, and it’s easy to forget he’s only 22 years old.
MLB Network analysts Ken Rosenthal and Keith Costas were each asked to assemble their best MLB roster by selecting players age 25 or younger.
While there are many debatable options in the infield, Rosenthal ultimately decided that Seager was too bright a player to pass up on:
“Shortstop, great position. You can go Correa, you can go Lindor, but Corey Seager is hard to ignore.”
However, Costas differed from Rosenthal in his selection process. Not only did he move Kris Bryant over to first base, but Costas selected Carlos Correa over Seager.
With Seager potentially joining Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, he’d get to demonstrate his talent on a worldwide stage.
The future remains bright for Seager, as the he is flourishing into one of the best hitters in the NL, while holding the fort down as a strong defensive shortstop.
In his first full season with the Dodgers, Seager batted a .308/.365/.512 with 26 home runs, 72 RBIs and 40 doubles. The 2016 All-Star set rookie franchise records with his 40 doubles and 193 hits.