Kyle Seager

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Kyle Duerr Seager

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Kyle Seager was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 2009 Amateur Draft. He was signed by scout Rob Mummau for $436,500 and made his pro debut that summer.

Seager was called up to the big leagues on July 6, 2011 after spending only two weeks (12 games, .455/.500/.673) at AAA Tacoma. After being sent back down to Tacoma, he was called up again on August 2nd and had the distinction of playing a game both in the minor leagues and major leagues that day. He went 0 for 5 for Tacoma in an afternoon game before being called up, then drove up to Seattle, WA and got to the ballpark in time to get an at-bat in that night's game against the Oakland Athletics. he hit .258 in 53 games for Seattle that first season, with 3 homers and 13 RBIs. In 2012, he was the regular third baseman, playing 155 games with a .259 batting average, but very good power, with 35 doubles and 20 homers. He scored 62 runs and drove in 86.

On June 5, 2013, he hit his first career grand slam in the bottom of the 14th inning against Addison Reed of the Chicago White Sox. Because the Sox had scored five times in the top of the inning, breaking a 13-inning scoreless tie, Seager's slam only tied the score at 5-all, the first time in history that an extra-inning slam only tied the score. It was also the first time that a team had come back from five or more runs down in the 14th inning or later. Seager also hit a double and a single in the game, while drawing a pair of walks, but it was all in vain as the Mariners lost, 7-5, in 16 innings. He played another full season at third base that year, this time logging 160 games. He hit .260 and again displayed good power, with 32 doubles and 22 homers. This time he scored 79 runs and drove in 69.

He started the 2014 season stone cold, as he was hitting .156 with no homers and 4 RBIs after 19 games, but soon got hot. On June 2nd, he put on a power display in a 10-2 win over the New York Yankees. He hit a double, two triples and a homer that day, the first player with that particular combination of extra-base hits since Hal Breeden of the 1973 Montreal Expos; no one had done it in the American League since Hoot Evers of the 1950 Detroit Tigers. The turnaround was good enough to land him a spot on the All-Star team, as a replacement for injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion. He continued to hit well over the second half, finishing with 27 doubles, 25 homers and 96 homers, to go along with a .268 average, the highest of his career. He was also good with the leather as we named the winner of the Gold Glove at third base in the American League. On December 2nd, he was rewarded with a seven-year contract from the Mariners, worth $100 million.

Seager's brother, Corey Seager, was a first round selection in the 2012 amateur draft. Another brother, Justin Seager, was taken in the 2013 amateur draft.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (2014)
  • AL Gold Glove Winner (2014)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 6 (2012-2017)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2016)

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