2012 did not have the ideal start for Seattle Mariners third basemen Kyle Seager, who started the year in Triple-A Tacoma. But when outfielder Mike Carp was injured on Opening Day, Chone Figgins moved from third base to the outfield, clearing a spot for Seager to play at the hot corner.
Seager never looked back, hitting .259 with a team-leading 20 home runs and 86 RBI, by far the most consistent offense performer on the team last year. The offensively-impaired Mariners relied heavily upon the 25-year-old third basemen last year and he will have lofty expectations to live up to in 2013.
“Last year had its good parts, but I felt there was a whole lot, personally, I need to improve upon. It’s not really a settled feeling at all for me.” Seager told Larry Stone of The Seattle Times.
Seager only hit five of his 20 home runs at Safeco Field last year, so that is an area that he can improve on, but other than that it will be hard for him to do much better in 2013. The new dimensions could help the third-year player out of the University of North Carolina increase his home run totals.
The Mariners will not rely upon Seager as heavily this year, as GM Jack Zduriencik was able to acquire some lineup support in the form of Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales this offseason.
“I think it’s definitely beneficial to everybody, not just the guys who were hitting in the middle of the order. It should help up and down the lineup.” Seager said.
Seager hit incredibly well with runners in scoring position last season, posting a .308 average with 68 RBI. However, Seager was the only hitter that did well in those situations last year; the lineup is a lot more boisterous this year and Seager will not have quite as many opportunities with men on base, so it is likely that his RBI numbers will go down.
Overall, I think Seager will have a slightly worse season than he did last year, but not by a whole lot. His home run numbers have potential to increase, but he will not drive in as many runs in 2013 as he did in his breakout season last year.