Potential Red Sox draft picks: Corey Seager
|06.03.12 at 7:19 pm ET|
Corey Seager is a hard-hitting infielder from Kannapolis, NC, who is recognized as one of the top high school prospects in the nation. Seager was a 2012 Rawlings first team All-American and is committed to the University of South Carolina to play college baseball.
Corey is the younger brother of Kyle Seager, who currently plays third base for the Seattle Mariners. However, Corey is already taller than his older brother, as he stands at 6-foot-4 compared to his brother’s height of an even six feet.
ESPNHS selected Seager as North Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year after he hit .517 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs to lead Northwest Cabarrus high school to the second round of the Class 3A state tournament. He was also selected thanks to his 4.05 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Seager shined as a member of the Team USA at the Pan-American games in 2010, hitting .514/.622/.829 with four doubles, two triples and a home run in 25 at-bats. Seager also showed good patience at the plate, walking 10 times. Seager won a gold medal with the team that year. The Sox have frequently tabbed top high school talents from Team USA in recent years, including Sean Coyle and Garin Cecchini in the third and fourth rounds of the 2010 draft and Blake Swihart and Henry Owens in the first and supplemental first rounds in the 2011 draft.
Seager bats lefty and, according to reports, projects as someone who could have around a .300 batting average with more than 20 home runs per season. Scouts talk about his ability to drive the ball to all parts of the ballpark, showing an advanced ability to hit it to left and center field instead of just pulling it. He also shows a steady approach at the plate, especially with two strikes, as he can draw walks and force pitchers deeper into counts.
While Seager has played shortstop and second base throughout high school, scouts project him to move over to third base as a pro because of his large frame. At third, he could use his size to add muscle that would help him hit for power behind the plate.
In the field, Seager has a strong arm that should help his transition to third base, and his quick instincts make him an above-average fielder. Scouts have projected that Seager will be selected in the back half of the first round of the draft, which starts on Monday. The Red Sox have picks at 24, 31 and 37 overall, and some mock drafts have connected Seager to the Sox with both the No. 31 and 37 picks.
Because of his strong commitment to South Carolina, he represents a player who might command a bonus in excess of the slot recommendation at his pick.
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