After entering the season ranked No. 1 on Baseball America’s Top 100, Corey Seager picked up where he left off last October and emerged as one of baseball’s best shortstops. Hitting in the middle of the Dodgers’ lineup much of the season, Seager led major league rookies in most major offensive categories, earning Baseball America’s 2016 Rookie of the Year Award. The award will be presented to Seager during BA’s Awards Gala during the Winter Meetings outside of Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6.
A 2012 first-round pick out of Northwest Cabarrus High, about 25 minutes northeast of Charlotte, Seager hit .308/.365/.512, playing in 157 games and slugging 26 home runs and 40 doubles. Seager’s 193 hits ranked sixth in the majors. Seager, 22, did it all while playing a capable shortstop, helping the Dodgers win the National League West Division.
“Coming in, I think across the board I didn’t really see much of Corey, and you see the big body,” Dodgers first-year manager Dave Roberts said, “but he’s been as consistent and steady, defensively, as I could have envisioned.”
The 22-year-old Seager is the fourth Dodger to win BA’s top rookie award. The organization produced three straight winners from 1993-95 in catcher Mike Piazza, outfielder Raul Mondesi and righthander Hideo Nomo.
“From start to finish, Corey Seager consistently was one of the National League’s better players,” Baseball America Editor-In-Chief John Manuel said, “and a force in the middle of the lineup and the middle of the diamond for the Dodgers. He was an easy choice for this award.”
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