Dodgers @ Padres Sept. 3, 2015: Corey Seager’s MLB debut

Corey Seager is making his MLB debut tonight. He’s batting eighth and giving Jimmy Rollins a much-needed night off. I thought this debut wouldn’t come until next year, but now that it’s here, I’m excited.

Dodgers
Padres
7:10 p.m.
San Diego
CF
Pederson
3B
Solarte
2B
Utley
2B
Spangenberg
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Kemp
3B
Turner
LF
Upton
LF
Crawford
SS
Gyorko
C
Grandal
1B
Wallace
RF
Van Slyke
C
Norris
SS
Seager
P
Rea (R)
P
Latos (R)
CF
Jankowski

If there are any doubts about Seager’s ability to play shortstop at the next level (and there are), just look who’s playing short for the Padres tonight. “If <insert player’s name> can do it, then <insert other player’s name> can do it,” seems pretty apropos in this case.

Seager will wear No. 5, as the numbers he wore in the minors — Nos. 12, 18 and 22 — are all taken by Juan Nicasio, Jose Peraza and Clayton Kershaw. Maybe next year, slugger. To make room for Seager on the 40-man roster, Andy Wilkins was designated for assignment.

It remains to be seen how long Seager will stick around this month, but it might not be for long.

It seems Seager will fill both backup shortstop and third base duties until the guys ahead of him on the depth chart (Enrique Hernandez and Peraza) are healthy.

In other non-Seager news, Yimi Garcia is back with the team. That’s good! Andre Ethier‘s knee is swollen after fouling a ball off it last night. That’s not so good.

Also, there’s this:

This is significant obviously because the Dodgers added another talent-evaluator to the organization, but also because Matthews is a former prospect writer for Baseball America. He’s been with the Rockies for the last eight years. His best draft signing has probably been Mike’s favorite player Charlie Blackmon. Talent!

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.