The Seattle Mariners have been regularly starting several rookies over the last couple of seasons. A plethora of young ball players, including Carlos Peguero, Dustin Ackley, Alex Liddi, Nick Franklin, Mike Zunino, Brad Miller and others, have made their MLB debuts in a Mariners uniform, with the team hoping to build their young core into a competitive ball club.
One young player who has turned himself into a significant defensive and offensive asset for the Mariners is third baseman Kyle Seager. Seager was drafted by the Mariners in 2009 and made his debut in 2011. As for 2013, Seager is currently hitting .293 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs. To put that in perspective, the Los Angeles Angels‘ Josh Hamilton is hitting just .227 with 14 homers and 39 RBIs.
Seager has played in nearly every game so far this season and has been consistently improving his numbers since 2011, when he hit .258 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 53 games. Since his debut, he has been a bright spot in a Mariners lineup that has been nothing if not inconsistent. In 2013, Seager is one of only three major league players with three separate hitting streaks of 10 games or more, a testament to his constantly improving hitting statistics.
The Mariners control Seager until 2018, and if the young third baseman continues to play well, he may well become a franchise player. The Mariners would be foolish to trade him for more established talent, and there doesn’t seem to be any talk of trading him simply because he is playing very well for very little money at the moment.
The only other consistently productive home-grown talent on the team is Felix Hernandez, the undisputed poster-player of the team. However, with Seager playing so well, he may soon take his place as an equally high-profile talent. It would be good for the team and the fans to have a young position player they can be proud of, and with every passing month, Seager is making a good case for himself to be that player.