Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been held out of the starting lineup since September 6 due to discomfort in his right index finger, suffered on a slide in a game against the Padres. Rookie Corey Seager has handled the position in the veteran’s absence, but manager Don Mattingly confirmed on Saturday that Rollins will resume his role as the team’s starting shortstop when he is healthy, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Seager has hit well over eight games, entering Saturday’s action batting .385/.500/.538 with four doubles and four RBI. It’s a small sample size, but it compares favorably to Rollins’ .220/.279/.355 in 532 PA.
Seager, 21, entered the season rated among the best prospects in baseball, earning a #5 ranking from Baseball America and #7 from MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus. The Dodgers took him 18th overall in the first round of the 2012 draft.
The Dodgers called up top prospect Corey Seager today and manager Don Mattingly isn’t wasting any time getting him into the starting lineup…
Jimmy Rollins has started 18 consecutive games, so it’s a good time to give him a rest. The 21-year-old Seager figures to mostly serve as a backup infielder down the stretch, but he could also make starts in place of Justin Turner at third base.
The top prospect on Baseball America’s midseason list, Seager batted .292/.343/.486 with 18 home runs and 74 RBI over 124 games this season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Dodgers are calling up Triple-A infielder Corey Seager, considered by many to be the No. 1 prospect in baseball.
Seager ranked as a consensus top-10 prospect coming into the year and has split the season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .292 with 18 homers and an .829 OPS in 124 games at age 21.
Strictly a shortstop prior to this season, he started 19 games at third base in the minors as the Dodgers tried to increase his versatility for a potential MLB role. It’s unclear how much Seager will actually play down the stretch with Justin Turner playing nearly every day at third base and Jimmy Rollins starting 35 of the past 36 games at shortstop.
Seager will be eligible for the playoff roster.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta no-hit the Dodgers on Sunday night, using 112 pitches to keep the opposition off the board in a 2-0 victory. He walked one and struck out 12, and with the strong start, he increased his major league win total to 17.
If things were tense in the ninth inning, Arrieta didn’t show it. He fanned the final three batters he faced, Justin Turner, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley.
Arrieta’s gem is the sixth no-hitter this season. It’s the Cubs’ first no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano accomplished the feat on September 14, 2008. The Dodgers have been no-hit twice in the span of 9 days, as Mike Fiers kept them silent on August 21.
Arrieta, with an outside shot at the NL Cy Young Award, has a 2.11 ERA with a 0.94 WHIP and a 190/44 K/BB ratio in 183 innings.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. has been something of a lightning rod in recent years, getting most of the blame for the team’s fall from grace after the 2011 season. There were a number of poor decisions made under his leadership, including the Ryan Howard extension, the Cliff Lee trade to Seattle, separate trades to acquire Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence which depleted the minor league system, as well as some regrettable public comments with which he insulted Ryan Howard, showed he didn’t understand how OPS worked, and denigrated the value of walks.
The Phillies hit rock bottom earlier this year, when manager Ryne Sandberg quit suddenly due to an inability to effectively communicate with his players. Amaro named Pete Mackanin the interim manager, and the team has played much better and players have effusively praised Mackanin. Amaro also oversaw the overhauling of the Phillies’ minor league system, trading Jimmy Rollins during the off-season and executing trades of Jonathan Papelbon, Ben Revere, Cole Hamels, and Chase Utley. The Phillies now arguably have one of the five-best minor league systems in baseball.
And that may be reason enough for the Phillies to bring Amaro back for the 2016 season, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Amaro’s contract expires after the season, but incoming team president Andy MacPhail — taking over for outgoing president Pat Gillick — may keep Amaro in the GM seat rather than find a new candidate from outside the organization.
Heyman does cite as potential external GM options J.J. Piccolo of the Royals, Matt Klentak of the Angels, and John Barr of the Giants.