With youth seemingly taking over Major League Baseball this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers had yet to truly embrace it with top prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias in the minors all season.
While Joc Pederson is a candidate for Rookie of the Year, he had already played in the minors for a few seasons and came into the season with expectations of being the everyday center fielder. Other teams saw their top prospects come up throughout the season and flourish to a certain extent like Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros and Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs.
It appears that the Dodgers will now join the teams that have called up their top prospect this season according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
Dodgers are calling up corey seager, the top prospect in mlb
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 3, 2015
Seager began the year in Double-A, but was quickly promoted to Triple-A, where he spent the rest of the season. In 104 games in Triple-A, Seager hit .276 with 13 home runs, 29 doubles and 59 RBIs. Many clamored for his promotion when Jimmy Rollins struggled earlier in the year; however, the Dodgers kept their faith in the veteran shortstop.
Manager Don Mattingly made it seem like if Seager was promoted, it wouldn’t be until after the Triple-A season was over. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting the reason why the move was made before that:
Reasons for #Dodgers’ promotion of Seager, per source: Peraza sore hamstring, out at least 3 to 5 games. W/Kiké out, no backup SS on roster.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 3, 2015
Hamstrings have been a bit of a plague for the Dodgers, as Kiké Hernandez, Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick are all on the disabled list with strains.
Rollins hasn’t had a day off since the Dodgers were off on August 24 and has played in 18 straight games, meaning Seager could make his debut any night in San Diego.