One of the strangest moments of Zack Greinke’s introductory news conference last December was the revelation that he had congratulated the Dodgers on their first-round draft pick from last June.
In other words, amid the hubbub of pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, Greinke had taken time to seriously study the available amateur talent and had honed in on one particular 18-year-old high school player.
It was later revealed that he had, in fact, spent time in the Brewers’ war room and, after studying Seager’s swing, had urged them to pick Seager, who wound up going to the Dodgers nine picks earlier.
Well, in addition to pitching well, Greinke’s scouting instincts are looking up. Seager has been plowing through the Midwest League lately and he’s starting to gain traction as one of baseball’s top prospects. In his latest rankings, ESPN’s Keith Law ranks Seager, younger brother of Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, the No. 16 prospect in baseball.
Here’s Law’s scouting report:
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.
Baseball Prospectus ranks Seager 35th and prospect expert John Sickels has him at No. 37. If he keeps going, either third base or shortstop at Dodger Stadium appear wide open for him in a few years.
Other Dodgers prospect getting noticed: Double-A center fielder Joc Pederson, 21, is No. 35 in Baseball America’s rankings and No. 31 in Sickels’; 16-year old pitcher Julio Urias, a teammate of Seager’s, is No. 41 in Baseball Prospectus, No. 75 in Sickels and honorable mention for Law; pitcher Zach Lee, 21, is No. 61 in Sickels and honorable mention in Law.