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.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.