June 5th, 2012. With the 18th pick in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Corey Seager, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound shortstop from Kannapolis, North Carolina.
Former Dodger's General Manager Logan White was one of the first to drop the comparison few took seriously; comparing Seager to Cal Ripken Jr. Though Seager has a long way to go to live up to such a comparison, the resemblance was uncanny. Many MLB scouts felt his size would prevent him from playing short stop in the majors, similar to what Ripken heard early and often in his career.
Fast forward to November 14th, 2016, the comparison to Cal Ripken Jr. doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore as Corey Seager is named the unanimous winner of the National League Rookie of the Year award. Seager received the maximum 150 points in the NL vote, finishing well ahead of the Washington National's Trea Turner (42) and teammate Kenta Maeda (37).
Take a quick look at Corey Seager's NL Rookie of the Year stats vs. Cal Ripken Jr.'s AL Rookie of the Year stats:
The 22 year old Seager is the 17th Rookie in Dodger's history to win the award since Jackie Robinson was the first player to ever win the award in 1947.
Corey Seager has had a fine start to his career finishing his rookie season with a number of awards and accomplishments. Check out what he has been able to accomplish so far and LA Dodger's related gear from Pristine Streetwear below:
Awards and accomplishments
- All-Star Futures Game selection (2014)
- Arizona Fall League Fall Stars selection (2013)
- Baseball America Triple-A Minor Leagues Player of the Year (2015)
- Baseball America Rookie of the Year (2016)
- California League Most Valuable Player (2014)
- Home Run Derby participant (2016)
- Major League Baseball All-Star selection (2016)
- National League Rookie of the Month (June 2016)
- National League Rookie of the Year (2016)
- Players Choice Award for National League Outstanding Rookie (2016)
- Silver Slugger Award at shortstop (2016)
- The Sporting News National League Rookie of the Year (2016)
- Los Angeles Dodgers record for home runs hit by a shortstop in one season (26 in 2016)
- Los Angeles Dodgers record for first consecutive major league starts reaching base (16 on September 21, 2015)
- MLB record, shared with Kyle Seager, as first pair of brothers to each hit at least 25 home runs in the same season (2016)
- MLB record as youngest shortstop and sixth youngest overall to hit three home runs in one game (June 4, 2016).