Here is today’s Mariner minor-league report.
This is a great time to be a professional baseball player with the last name Seager. There happen to be three of them — brothers from Kannapolis, N.C. — and all of them are racking up the accomplishments.
The Mariners claim two of the Seager brothers; led, of course, by oldest brother Kyle, who just finished a month of July in which he led the major leagues in batting average. Kyle hit .396 (38-for-96) with 21 runs, five doubles, six homers, 14 runs batted in and a 1.099 OPS (.464 on-base percentage, .635 slugging percentage). And that doesn’t count his bunt single in the first inning tonight in Boston that raised his overall average to an even .300.
Justin Seager, a 12th-round draft pick of the Mariners this year, has begun his pro career with Everett of the Northwest League, and is one of seven AquaSox players just named to the Northwest League Northern Division All-Star team. Everett will host the game on Aug. 6, marking the first Northwest League All-Star Game since 2004. The plan is for it to be played annually, hosted by a different NWL team each year. Other members of the AquaSox making the team were pitchers Aaron Brooks, Lars Huijer and Jose Valdiva, catcher Carlton Tanabe, and infielders D.J. Peterson and Jack Reinheimer. Peterson and Reinheimer were picked as starters, though Peterson — the Mariners’ first-round draft pick this year — won’t participate because he has been promoted to Class A Clinton.
Back to Justin Seager, 21, who has spent most of his time (29 games) at first base, with seven games at third base: He is hitting .247 with seven doubles, three homers and 16 RBIs. He has 43 strikeouts and just six walks in 146 at-bats, with a .662 OPS, so obviously there’s work still to be done, but he’s off to a promising start.
Corey Seager photo by Associated Press
Youngest brother Corey Seager, meanwhile, is soaring up the prospects lists. Corey, who turned 19 in April, was a first-round pick of the Dodgers, No. 18 overall, in 2012. Keith Law of ESPN, in his mid-season rankings update last week, moved Seager all the way up from No. 46 in the preseason to list him as the 16th-best prospect in all the minor leagues. Law wrote:
Although he’s still most likely a third baseman in the end, Seager has been the best hitter in the Midwest League since his return from a DL stint in early June, hitting .342/.439/.586 in that span. He’s going to be big — at 6-4, 215 pounds, he’s already bigger than every full-time shortstop in MLB history — but that’s going to produce plus power that makes him a potential All-Star.
Playing for the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League, Corey is hitting .307 with 18 doubles, three triples, 11 homers, 56 RBIs, nine stolen bases, 32 walks, 57 strikeouts (in 27o at-bats) and a .901 OPS (.382 OBP, .519 slugging).
Not bad for his first full pro season, and keeping the heat on big brother Kyle.