When Kyle Seager was called up yesterday, I had a few people ask me on twitter for a scouting report.
Well, admittedly it would be a relatively incomplete one since I've only seen him play about six games. But in those six games, I saw a left-handed hitter who ...
- has a great sense of the strikezone, of not just balls and strikes, but pitcher's strikes and hitter's strikes
- can and will work a count to find the right pitch.
- who hits a lot of line drives, particularly line drives to the gap.
- will hit the ball to all fields, and is particularly adept at going with the pitch and driving it other way.
- can pull the ball with some power to right field.
- is perfectly comfortable hitting with two strikes
- hits the ball hard on most occasions. Harder than you'd expect from a guy that's 5-10, 175 pounds.
Somebody called him Dustin Ackley lite. That isn't far off. Seager doesn't have the power of his college roommate. But he hits the ball damn hard. And he can pop one over for a home run.
Another aspect that I liked about Seager is his base running ability. He isn't the fastest guy in the world. But he knows how to run the bases. As a guy, who hits a plethora of doubles. I really liked how he accelerated around first base on extra base hits. He knows how to make the good turn and be completely efficient. It's minor detail that can make a major difference.
Defensively, I saw him play a few games at third. He's fine there. He's a good athlete. He played his entire junior season at UNC at third base. He played almost 20 games at third in 2010. He's athletic, he's got good hands and his arm isn't great, but it's strong enough. It's not as though Chone Figgins is giving them gold glove play there. Seager will likely be better.
I guess the best word to describe what I saw from Seager in spring training and the six or so games this year is mature. He approaches everything from pregame work to each at-bat with a professional maturity. It's very easy to see why the Mariners like him so much.
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