According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have signed first-round pick Corey Seager for $2.35 million. He’ll get $400,000 over MLB’s $1.95 million estimated slot value for the 18th overall pick.
Seager, 18, was considered one of the best high school bats in this year’s draft class. Many think he’ll have to slide over to third base in the long-term, but the Dodgers intend to have him begin his professional career as a shortstop. He’s the brother of Mariners’ third baseman Kyle Seager.
Unfortunately for the floundering Dodgers’ offense, he won’t be able to help at the major league level anytime soon.
Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.
Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.
Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.