Recently I was asked if I would be able to help provide content to publish on Off The Bench Baseball. Being a great opportunity to get my name out there and to publish on a much more viewed site, I had to accept. Thank you to all of those at Off The Bench who have given me this opportunity!
Below is a quick teaser for my first article published on their site. To read the post in its entirety, click on the article title or the link below the teaser.
At just 22 years young, Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers has, somewhat quietly, been the best shortstop in the National League in 2016. Sure, Trevor Story of the Rockies is beating Seager in homeruns (17 to 15) and received most of the early season hype. Similarly, Aledmys Diaz of the Cardinals is 35 points ahead of Seager in batting average, .315 to .280. Then there is Brandon Crawford, who may be the best defensive shortstop in the NL now that Andrelton Simmons is in the AL. Looking at the sum of the parts, however, Corey Seager would be my choice to start in this years’ All-Star game even as a rookie on the senior circuit.
Seager was not in the NL lead for shortstops in the June 8th All-Star Game voting update (June 15th Update). In fact, the 2015 top prospect was not even in the top five, despite leading the NL in fWAR for shortstops at 2.8. The names ahead of him include the aforementioned Crawford (2.7 WAR) and Story (1.5), as well as Addison Russell (1.1), Asdrubal Cabrera (0.7), and Zack Cozart (1.6). But, while Seager may not get an all-star nod this season, there is reason to believe that he will be in the running for several years to come.