A couple weeks ago, I got the chance to talk with Corey Seager before batting practice during his time in the Arizona Fall League.
Seager provided a lot of stock answers — which is probably for the best — but did open up a bit about expectations, adjustments, his relationship with his brother (Kyle Seager), the organization’s hitting philosophy, and the speculation about him changing positions.
“What have you been able to take away from your experience in the Arizona Fall League so far?”
You get to watch everybody here with more experience. You get to watch them go about their business and learn how to do everything the way they do it. How to prepare yourself daily, deal with emotions, and just get ready.
“How fatigued are you after your first full season of professional ball and now playing in the Arizona Fall League?”
Yeah, it’s a grind for sure. I’ve never played this long consistently, but it’s a learning curve just trying to figure out how to get through it and play hard everyday. It’s pretty crazy, and it’s definitely tiring, but you have to find a way to get through it.
“What have been the adjustments you’ve had to make as you’ve moved through the levels?”
I have to have a better plan at the plate. They make less mistakes up here and throw everything for strikes. They pretty much throw whatever they want to in all situations, so you have to have a better all-around approach and not just swing at what they want you to swing at.
“As one of the team’s top prospects, how difficult is it to deal with the expectations?”
I don’t really pay much attention to all that stuff. I choose to stay out of it and I don’t think about it, so I don’t really put much pressure on myself. I just go out there and play everyday and let people say what they’re going to say. I’m just focused on getting better.
“How is your brother helping you deal with being a professional?”
He has for sure helped a lot. I talk to him every night and he’s already gone through everything I’ve gone through, so it’s a really good person to be able to have.
“As far as preparations and…”
Yeah, just what to expect, so it’s less of an adjustment.
“Since you’ve played at a bunch of different levels in the organization, is there any consistent hitting philosophy that the Dodger coaches have tried to instill?”
They’re not telling you that you have to do this or have to do that. Every hitting coach is pretty good, they see what you can do and they don’t want to change it. So if they think they can help you, they offer it, but it’s not like they’re putting pressure on you to do anything. It’s a really good working relationship.
“Is the advice they give more approach-based or mechanical help?”
Personally, for me, it’s not much mechanical, it’s approach. But yeah, every once in a while you’ll get off your swing path and they’ll help you mechanically too.
“How in-depth is the usage of video within the organization at the minor-league level?”
We have video, and I’m sure it’s nothing like what they have in the big leagues, but I watch myself every once in a while. You can ask to have it yourself, but most of the time coaches are in there with you and guiding you through it.
“I’m sure you’re tired of addressing this by now, but do you feel your future position is at short or do you think you’ll end up at third as you mature?”
I love playing shortstop, and they told me for now that I’m at short until I get moved off it or somebody plays me off it. My goal is to be playing shortstop, definitely.
Thanks to Corey Seager.
Worth noting that I tried to get Yimi Garcia and Pedro Baez, but unlike last year, we couldn’t find a capable and willing Spanish translator.