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Top rookie position player.

Corey Seager, the Dodgers' outstanding shortstop featured in the September-October issue, is Baseball Digest's 2016 Rookie of the Year among position players. Some have been labeled him "The Natural," an extremely talented player who can do it all on the baseball diamond and look effortless doing it.

"He's got it all," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of his 22-year-old shortstop. "He has all the tools to play this game at a high level for a long time. Athletically he's got quick feet and hands and he's smooth on the field. He can hit for average and power. He can run the bases and play great defense at a vital position. But what makes Corey special is how he handles his abilities with the enormous attention he's received as a rookie."

The 18th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Seager played three-plus years in the minors--hitting .307 with 62 homers in 390 games. He made his major-league debut on Sept. 3, 2015, and has not looked back.

During that September call-up, the left-handed-hitting Seager displayed the skills that could solidify the Dodgers lineup for years to come. In 27 games, he hit .337 with 13 extra-base hits, 17 runs, 17 RBI and a .425 on-base percentage. Despite committing five errors in 98 chances at short, his defensive capabilities were apparent.

Many believe the 6-foot-4, 215-pound infielder will eventually be an everyday third baseman, but for now he's garnering rave reviews as an All-Star shortstop.

His offensive game has been impressive during his first full season. After a slow April, Seager was a .300 hitter who reached key milestones: 100 runs, 40 doubles and 25 homers--and flirted with 200 hits.

Corey's older brother, Kyle, clubbed 30 home runs for the Seattle Mariners, making the Seagers the seventh pair of brothers to each hit 20 or more homers in the same season--and the first to club 25 or more.

"He's going to do a lot of good things in this game," Kyle said of his younger sibling. "We can both play, but he can do some things better than me. He can hit, run and field. He's the whole package and his career is just getting started."

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Title Annotation:N.L ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Author:Kuenster, Bob
Publication:Baseball Digest
Date:Nov 1, 2016
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