Kyle Seager is On the Way

Jay Yencich · July 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

This is happening a lot quicker than I expected, but reports are making the rounds that 3B/2B Kyle Seager has been selected from Tacoma and C Jose Yepez has been DFA’d. Yepez didn’t even get a game in with the M’s and was only around to be a third backstop with Olivo hurting. It’s Seager that everyone is paying attention to, and rightly so.

Since he was promoted to Tacoma (where he’s been hitting .455/.500/.673), he’s seen six games at third, one at short, and five at second. That’s an increase in time at the hot corner from what we saw back when he was with Jackson, where he only spent three of sixty-six games there. Still, one should not be too concerned about him defensively. He spent his final year at UNC playing third, and has answered a lot of questions about his range and whether or not he could handle the middle infield during the the past couple of seasons. The glovework should be no issue for him, and the arm, while not a cannon or anything, is not something that’s going to hinder him as he moves to the left side of the infield. Barring any weird yips, he’ll be able to make the plays over there.

As for what to expect from him with the bat, I’d say patience, line drives, and mostly doubles power. When people were asking me about him in the offseason, I came up with an interesting comkp for him which a lot of people will hate. Up until this season, you can compare Seager’s line by age to that of Chone Figgins and see some similarities as they were coming up when you adjust for park. The difference there was that Seager would hit more doubles and some would leave the park entirely, whereas Figgins game was more about stealing bases and stretching the double into a triple [I refer, of course, to the good annoying Figgins who played for the Angels as opposed to the bad annoying Figgins that has played for the Mariners]. Of course, this year, Seager has completely pulled away: where Figgins had a .234/.313/.332 line with a 99/54 K/BB in 125 games of his tour of double-A, Seager got out in a little over half the time and departed with a .336/.401/.495 line and a 38/26 K/BB. That he’s capable of working counts should help him adjust to the big leagues a little more easily. I wouldn’t expect him to start going yard and start stealing bases as Ackley has been, but doubles, spray hitting, and a respectable on-base percentage are not out of the question.

Whether Seager will end up being our long-term solution to the ongoing third base issue, I can’t say just yet. Some would like to see more power from the position, but what we can even realistically expect out of him right now is going to be a huge improvement over what the position has seen lately. Even if Seager never ends up being a star, he’s one heck of an upgrade right now, and a pretty cool guy to boot.


53 Responses to “Kyle Seager is On the Way”

  1. JH on July 7th, 2011 1:07 pm

    That was probably true coming into the year, rusty, but now I’m not so sure. Kalish doesn’t exactly have the kind of prospect pedigree that causes a contending team to plug him in as a MLB starter at a power position despite losing his age-23 season to a labrum tear. At the very least Kalish is going to have a bigtime battle with Josh Reddick to reclaim the position, and given that it’s the Red Sox we’re talking about, there’s always the chance that both players will get displaced if the Sox lock in on the right veteran in FA or trade this offseason.

  2. SonOfZavaras on July 7th, 2011 2:06 pm

    JH, I immediately thought of Kalish, too, but I am pretty sure the Sox see him as Drew’s permanent replacement as early as this year. It is certainly going to take more than Fister, too, even if they were open to listening to offers.

    If we’re talking to acquire Reddick, yes, I’m thinking you’re right.

    Kalish? Not so certain.

    Starting pitching’s at such a premium right now, and we have it. I definitely think a Kalish can be fetched for a guy like Fister.

    I’d hate to see The Fist go, but the simple truth is: what he provides us, we very likely can replace (Blake Beavan would be getting my first shot to do so).

    An innings-eating young starter who’s basically cost-controlled for several seasons? I think that’s well worth a young outfielder with promise in today’s market.

  3. Rboyle0628 on July 7th, 2011 4:04 pm

    Kalish is an impressive prospect. Side note, I’ve played against him multiple times in football and in baseball. He was Red Bank Catholics QB also. If I remember correctly though he has an injury history. I think he didn’t pitch a ton towards the end of high school due to this. I think he even ended up playing 1B a lot. I remember him playing 1st against my high school team and I remember one of our OF’s that knew him talking that he was having shoulder problems. I could be completely wrong, were going back 5 years here. But either way, the guy is an impressive athlete.

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