2. Corey Seager, Shortstop
Unfortunately, the era of small ball baseball is slowly dying in today’s game. Typically the number two hitter would be someone that you can rely on to make contact, drop a bunt down, or put on a hit and run play.
That trend is slowly fading as we’re starting to see the team’s best hitter hit in the number two slot. Mike Trout, Kris Bryant, Joey Votto, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton all hit in the number two slot for their team’s lineup. That may be the case for Dave Roberts here.
Corey Seager might be the best pure hitter on the Dodgers roster. I’ll be it there are several that can challenge him for that title, but in his first two seasons, Seager has been a model of consistency.
Through his first two and a half seasons, Seager has a career slash rate of .305/.374/.502 with 52 home runs and 166 RBI. At this point, Seager has proven that we can already pencil him in for a .300 average with 20-25 home run upside and ceiling of 80 RBI.
Seager hit in the two spot in every single one of his starts last season, and I love Seager hitting second. Hitting second allows him to maximize his at-bats and produce at the top of the order. I would love to see Seager in hitting more in a position to drive in runs, but his game fits perfectly in the number two hole.
Seager was clutch last season when hitting with runners in scoring position with a .361 average and 6 home runs and 53 RBI. Maybe in a few seasons, we see Seager drop to the number three slot to have the opportunity to drive in more runs. But for next season, Seager is locked into hitting second.