It’s time for the Los Angeles Dodgers to call up top prospect Corey Seager. The Dodgers sit atop the National League West, but they have a glaring hole on their team at shortstop. Jimmy Rollins is hitting .207 after Tuesday night’s game with a .265 on-base percentage. His average is next to last with only Asdrubal Cabrera behind him in the majors at the position. Rollins’ WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is -0.2, only Starlin Castro and Alexei Ramirez are worse among starting shortstops at -0.5.
Seager has split time between Tulsa (Double-A) and Oklahoma City (Triple-A) this season. He dominated Double-A with the Drillers hitting .375 with five home runs in 20 games. Going into Tuesday night’s game, in Oklahoma City, he is hitting .288 with four home runs in 44 games. In comparison, another top-five prospect on the preseason Top 100 list from MLB Pipeline, Carlos Correa hit .276 with three home runs for Triple-A Fresno in 24 games before his call up. Correa is currently hitting over .300 with four home runs after a monster night Tuesday in his fourteenth game with the Houston Astros.
Now, I’m not saying that Seager is going to get called up and hit .350 this year, but he doesn’t have to. If Seager can hit .260-plus and play average defense in the majors this year, I think every Dodgers fan would be happy. Seager will more than likely end up at third base before his career is over, but can man the shortstop position for the time being.
So, why now? The Dodgers have 90 games left and are sitting in good position to make the playoffs. If you call Seager up, he gets around 80 games with the big club before the playoffs. You have Jimmy Rollins who is bringing nothing but a veteran presence, at this point, to teach Seager and give him a day off every once in a while. When you get into August you will have a good idea if Seager is ready to be the starting shortstop in the 2015 playoffs or not. If he isn’t quite ready yet you will have a well rested and hopefully healthy Rollins who can step right in and has plenty of playoff experience. The longer you wait the shorter amount of time L.A. will have to see if Seager is ready for the big stage yet or not.
The Dodgers brought Rollins in to bridge the gap until Seager was ready for the big leagues. That gap is now closed and it’s time to give Corey Seager his shot at stardom.