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Thursday, December 24, 2015

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: COREY SEAGER SS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

After years and years of aggravation in terms of finding a viable shortstop in fantasy baseball due to the extreme dearth of talent there in terms of offensive numbers, we seem to be moving into an era where some young and very talented names are infusing the spot with some much-needed flash.  Of course Carlos Correa tops the list as his ascension to a new first round option in less than a full MLB season is already secure, joined by Francisco Lindor who was very good in his own right in his 2015 debut.  A third name that undoubtedly will be added to this group is top Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop prospect Corey Seager who looks primed to be a major sleeper for 2016 fantasy baseball.  As always let's dissect the numbers and find out why we think this way.

As far as Seager and his particulars are concerned, he turns only 22 in April and already has showed during the second half of 2015 and into the playoffs that he can handle the bat.  The Dodgers brought Seager up last September where he immediately began spraying line drives all over the ballpark to the tune of a .318 average and 3 home runs in 88 at-bats.  It is very obvious that Seager possesses an above-average bat that makes contact at a high rate which will lessen the growing pains that most young hitters go through.  Even before his promotion, Seager was hitting Triple-A pitching with his 13 home runs and 64 RBI in 464 at-bats.  While he is not a burner, Seager also has the speed to chip in some bonus steals to go with his burgeoning power and runs/RBI potential.  As far as the batting average is concerned, Seager struck out in just 14 percent of his Triple-A at-bats last season and that numbers rose to a still solid 16.8 percent with the Dodgers which is very good for a young hitter.  While asking for anything over .300 would be a bit too much this early, a .280 mark is not out of the question given the hitting approach. 

When you put things all together, Corey Seager very well could be this year's Francisco Lindor in terms of very effective five-tool numbers at a shallow position without blowing up any one category.  Young shortstops who can hit are among the most precious commodities in fantasy baseball and Seager seems to be a guy who will be a top five option there in short order.

2016 PROJECTION:  .284 14 HR 56 RBI 63 R 7 SB

 

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