Corey Seager

Corey Seager

27-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Texas Rangers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Seager's time with the Dodgers has come to an end and he will embark on a new journey with the Rangers after signing a 10-year, $325 million contract in late November of 2021. They grow up so quick. Seager is still fresh faced and looks to have a lot of good baseball left in him. He missed extended time due to injuries in his final years with Los Angeles, including following major surgeries to his hip and elbow (Tommy John). He came back strong in 2019 and continued to produce at a high level in the shortened 2020 season, culminating in a World Series MVP win that year. His 2021 season was not exactly a letdown after the championship run, but Seager once again missed time. He suffered a broken hand as a result of a HBP and endured a setback in his recovery from that injury. Fortunately for him, Seager's plate skills will translate anywhere (career 18.5 K%, 9.4 BB%) and the supporting cast in Texas is looking improved. Durability is the only concern. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a 10-year, $325 million contract with the Rangers in November of 2021.
Signs huge deal with Rangers
SSTexas Rangers
November 29, 2021
Seager agreed to a 10-year, $325 million deal with the Rangers on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The signing completes a $500 million renovation of the Rangers' middle infield, as the team gave $175 million to second baseman Marcus Semien on Sunday. Injuries are just about the only concern for Seager, who hit .306/.381/.545 with 31 homers in 147 games across the last two years. His combination of quantity and quality of contact is a rare one. Among players with at least 400 plate appearances last season, only Juan Soto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Manny Machado could match both his 16.1 percent strikeout rate and his 12.4 percent barrel rate. That suggests he should still be able to be a productive player over the back half of his deal when he eventually moves off of shortstop, something which should still be a few years away for the 27-year-old.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
36
21
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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15
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10
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .805 381 42 16 57 1 .279 .333 .471
Since 2019vs Right .915 797 132 34 128 2 .298 .374 .541
2021vs Left .919 124 13 6 22 0 .330 .371 .548
2021vs Right .912 285 41 10 35 1 .294 .404 .508
2020vs Left .864 72 10 4 11 1 .288 .333 .530
2020vs Right 1.005 156 28 11 30 0 .324 .378 .627
2019vs Left .703 185 19 6 24 0 .240 .308 .395
2019vs Right .876 356 63 13 63 1 .289 .348 .528
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .889 506 81 23 85 1 .289 .352 .537
Since 2019Away .865 651 89 25 96 2 .292 .367 .498
2021Home .864 186 27 9 26 1 .281 .349 .515
2021Away .957 223 27 7 31 0 .328 .430 .527
2020Home 1.132 81 13 5 18 0 .370 .420 .712
2020Away .838 126 21 8 19 1 .274 .325 .513
2019Home .826 239 41 9 41 0 .269 .331 .495
2019Away .810 302 41 10 46 1 .275 .338 .473
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Stat Review
How does Corey Seager compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.73
 
BB Rate
11.7%
 
K Rate
16.1%
 
BABIP
.336
 
ISO
.215
 
AVG
.306
 
OBP
.394
 
SLG
.521
 
OPS
.915
 
wOBA
.396
 
Exit Velocity
84.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.0%
 
Barrels/PA
9.3%
 
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Seager was part of the historic group of young shortstops who debuted in the mid-2010s, though he'd been a tier below the rest prior to last season thanks to a lack of steals, mediocre home run totals and a season lost to Tommy John surgery. He fully caught up to the rest of that group at the plate in 2020, breaking out in his age-26 campaign to hit .307/.358/.585 with 15 homers. He followed that up with an outstanding postseason, homering eight times in 18 games while hitting .328/.425/.746. His breakout was backed by his underlying numbers, as his barrel rate more than doubled to 15.8% while his exit velocity leapt from 88.8 mph to 93.2 mph, giving him an xBA of .330 and an xSLG of .653, suggesting he underachieved, if anything. Given his longstanding reputation as a very talented young hitter, there's reason to believe Seager will remain one of the game's best shortstops in 2021.
Seager, despite coming back off both elbow and hip injuries, was still an above-average offensive producer in 2019. Yet, the level of production, especially with the 2019 baseball, was disappointing for fantasy owners. In hindsight, expectations really should have been lowered for someone coming off two major surgeries as Seager was. The splits show a guy that still inflicts damage against righties, but has had struggles against lefties in both the abbreviated 2018 season as well as this past season. His Statcast data also shows a step back from the quality of contact baseline that he established from 2015 through 2017 with some particular struggles against breaking balls. The great thing here is that 2019 is a very attractive floor to what this talented hitter can do for your roster. Seager, when healthy, is going to be very productive and presents a solid value for those not suffering from recency bias.
The fact that Seager was still limited in the volume and distance of his throwing at the start of spring training should have been a huge red flag. Seager insisted he would be active for Opening Day, but he didn't appear to be himself as he was limited to DH duty initially upon joining big-league camp and slashed just .220/.316/.440 during Cactus League play. While he was indeed cleared for the start of the year, Seager's struggles continued into the regular season and then, suddenly, in late April the Dodgers announced that Seager was headed for Tommy John surgery. Later in the summer, Seager had another procedure to repair a torn left hip labrum and shave a misshaped bone. Seager was an emerging star in the game before the lost season, having shown an ability to hit for both power and average. If these surgeries have their desired effect, Seager should end up being a tremendous bargain.
Even as he battled multiple injuries in 2017, Seager delivered an impressive encore to his Rookie of the Year campaign, reaching base at a .375 clip while racking up 55 extra-base hits. Unfortunately for Seager, his health issues caught up with him in October, as a back injury sidelined him for the entirety of the NLCS and likely contributed to his poor performance in the World Series. In addition, the shortstop played through a sore elbow for much of the second half and playoffs, though the Dodgers are hopeful a winter of rest and rehab will allow him to enter spring training at full strength. Seager's health is worth checking during the Dodgers' initial workouts, but if the early reports are positive, pencil him in for another season of outstanding four-category production. Since Seager prioritizes spraying the ball to all fields, he'll likely be merely an above-average contributor in home runs, but his sound approach as the No. 2 hitter in a stacked offense should make him an excellent source of batting average and runs.
Picking up where he left off after a strong September showing, Seager played like a veteran in his first full season en route to NL Rookie of the Year honors and a third place NL MVP finish. Though he exhibited power in the low minors, Seager's 26 long balls exceeded expectations. A 17.9 percent HR/FB mark isn't outrageous, but still, don't be surprised if he incurs some regression in the power department. Seager's batted-ball profile and hard-hit rate fully support a high batting average on balls in play, yielding a solid floor in terms of batting average and run production. There's even some room for growth with respect to plate skills. A 79 percent contact rate is league average nowadays, but his pedigree portends improvement. Despite the fact he is entering his age-23 season, Seager should be viewed as an extremely safe four-category anchor.
Reasonable minds can disagree about whether Seager is the top prospect in baseball heading into the 2016 season, but it is hard to argue that he's not the safest prospect in the game. The Dodgers maintain that he is their shortstop of the future, and while it seems likely that he will move to third base at some point in his career, fantasy owners should get at least two or three years of shortstop eligibility out of him. His career could even mirror those of Cal Ripken and Alex Rodriguez, where he stays up the middle for a decade-plus. It is completely unreasonable to expect him to pick up where he left off last year. After all, it was a 27-game sample and he only faced six teams over that stretch, so the league has not yet adjusted to him. Still, he has the look of a top-five fantasy shortstop for years to come.
It doesn’t really matter if Seager can stick at shortstop, because the guy can flat out rake. He profiles as an above-average offensive option at either spot on the left side, and his stock has never been higher. Seager obliterated pitchers at both stops in 2014, posting a .352/.411/.633 slash line at High-A Rancho Cucamonga and a .345/.381/.534 line at Double-A Chattanooga. He combined for 20 home runs and six steals in 118 total games at both stops, and doesn’t turn 21 until after the start of the 2015 season. The younger brother of Kyle Seager (who has 20-plus home runs in three straight seasons in Seattle), Corey is actually more highly regarded as a prospect than his older brother ever was. In addition to staggering numbers, strong bloodlines and the potential to stick at shortstop, Seager also has a clear path to the big leagues as the Dodgers will soon have gaping holes at both spots on the left side of the infield. Expect a late-2015/early-2016 debut.
The organization's first-round pick (No. 18 overall) in 2012, Seager's professional career has gotten off to a strong start. Seager swatted 16 homers in 372 overall at-bats in 2013, though after domination in the Low-A Midwest League (.918 OPS), Seager posted just a .566 OPS in 100 at-bats in the High-A California League. He will likely be a third baseman long-term, but for now he appears to be sticking at shortstop in the lower levels of the minors. Look for Seager to conquer High-A in 2014 and finish the season in Double-A, with a mid-to-late 2015 debut possible.
The younger brother of Seattle's Kyle Seager, Corey looks to have the higher ceiling of the two after being drafted out of high school as the 18th overall pick in 2012. Seager got his pro career off to a great start, batting .309/.383/.520 with eight home runs and eight stolen bases in 175 at-bats in the rookie-level Pioneer League. He's likely a third baseman long-term, and so far it appears he has the bat to handle the position. Seager will make the jump to Low-A this year and is probably three years from the big leagues.
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Declining qualifying offer
SSFree Agent
November 7, 2021
Seager will decline the Dodgers' qualifying offer, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Perfect at the dish
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
October 3, 2021
Seager went 3-for-3 with a run and RBI in Sunday's 10-3 triumph over the Brewers.
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Goes deep again
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
October 3, 2021
Seager went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Saturday's 8-3 triumph over the Brewers.
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Three more extra-base hits
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
September 30, 2021
Seager went 3-for-4 with a double and two solo home runs in an 8-3 triumph over San Diego on Thursday.
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Drives in three
SSLos Angeles Dodgers
September 30, 2021
Seager went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 11-9 win over the Padres.
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