With the Los Angeles Dodgers playing a weekend set against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friemdan has been a visible figure through the first two games of the series.
Friedman was seen walking around the clubhouse before and after Friday’s win, and was on the field Saturday, along with vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes, who was the general manager of the Padres from 2011-2014.
In between soaking in the San Diego weather and watching his team play their NL West opponent, Friedman took some time to speak on Corey Seager’s progress with Triple-A Oklahoma City. While Jimmy Rollins continues to struggle at the plate and Seager excels no matter what level in the Minors, Friedman said the date of the prized shortstop’s arrival in the Majors is far from set, via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
He continues to make improvement each and every day,” Friedman said of the 21-year-old. “We don’t have a date circled on the calendar, as much as we want to do everything we can to put Corey in position to be as good a Major League player as he can be as quickly as he can be.”
Seager finished last season in Double-A, which is where he was come Opening Day in 2015. While the Dodgers’ affiliate changed from Chattanooga to Tulsa, Seager picked up where he left off in 2014. He slashed .375/.407/.675 with five home runs and 15 RBIs over 20 games with the Drillers.
The 21 year old got off to a slow start with the OKC Dodgers, but is now batting .297/.356/.459 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 37 games. Seager recently came up a double shy of hitting for the cycle in a game he went 6-for-6 in. He’s missed the last two games after jamming a finger, which is an injury not believed serious.