For Los Angeles Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager, it’s been quite a two week stretch so far.
The young infielder made his MLB debut in San Diego, has been the starting shortstop in Jimmy Rollins’ absence and then finally made his Dodger Stadium debut on Monday against the Colorado Rockies. Seager was once again at shortstop and went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
After the game, the Dodgers top prospect said he was more relaxed in his home debut. “I was a little more calm,” Seager said. “It was fun the first inning and then I kind of settled down, so it was definitely easier this time.”
Seager was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in his MLB debut against the Padres, giving him four hits in his two premiere showings. He is now hitting .432 in 11 games, but may see his time reduced once Rollins is back to 100 percent.
Some may say his impressive stats are not sustainable because of his unfamiliarity to the league, much like how Joc Pederson has struggled to adjust in the second half this season. Seager is sure that he may soon start seeing some different things at the plate. “They’re still learning me and I’m still learning them, so it’s kind of figuring out each other,” he said. “I’m getting good pitches that I can handle and they’re falling in. I imagine soon they’ll start changing a little bit.”
One thing that was good for the 21-year-old is his ability to recover. He made two errors in one inning the last time Clayton Kershaw was on the mound, costing the ace and the team a run. He was error-free on Monday and then discussed the feeling of playing behind the reigning MVP. “It’s fun, you’re on your game more,” he said. “When he’s throwing well you don’t want to be the guy to make a mistake. You’ve got a little extra twitch, a little extra something in there.”
While it will be hard to sit the rookie, manager Don Mattingly should try to keep him in the lineup as much as possible.