The Minnesota Twins announced Saturday they are calling up top prospect Byron Buxton from the minor leagues. Buxton will make his major league debut less than a week after the Houston Astros promoted prized prospect Carlos Correa.
Could the Dodgers do something similar with Corey Seager?
Widely regarded as the top player in the Dodgers' farm system, the 21-year-old Seager was promoted to triple-A Oklahoma City earlier this season. In his first 37 games with Oklahoma City, the shortstop batted .297 with four home runs and 19 runs batted in.
The Dodgers’ major league shortstop, Jimmy Rollins, is batting .200.
Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, was vague when asked Saturday about his plans for Seager.
Is Seager close to a promotion? Friedman wouldn’t say.
What Friedman did say is that he wants to call up prospects because he thinks they are ready to be successful in the major leagues, not because of the team’s roster situation.
“With our top prospects, we create our road map of doing everything we can to build a foundation for them to come up to the major leagues and be as successful as they can as quickly as they can be,” Friedman said.
Promoting prospects prematurely, Friedman said, “has a chance to hinder their development rather than help it.”
Seager has been out of Oklahoma City’s starting lineup for the last two games with a jammed finger, but Friedman described the injury as minor.
Friedman also defended Rollins’ performance, pointing to the veteran's defense and power numbers. Rollins has seven home runs.
“He’s helped us win games in a lot of different ways,” Friedman said.
Friedman said he is also confident Rollins' average will improve.