Kyle Seager: Sixth Best Third Baseman Right Now
MLB Network continues to release their Top-10 Players “Right Now” at every position. Robinson Cano was named the top second baseman, Felix Hernandez was named the number two starting pitcher.
Kyle Seager was just named as the 6th best third baseman in baseball. Not too shabby if you ask me.
If you are unfamiliar with the segment, host Brian Kenny is usually joined by at least one guest – this time it was former big leaguer Mike Lowell – and they give their personal lists. But the actual list is produced by something they call “The Shredder”. Something they make sure you are aware of, OFTEN.
Though every time I hear it, I can’t help but think of the arch nemesis of the Ninja Turtles. But I digress.
Here is the full list:
1. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
2. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
5. David Wright, New York Mets
6. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
7. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
8. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
9. Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
Mike Lowell had Seager 8th on his personal list and Kenny had Seager 7th on his. So, in this instance, it’s nice to see that a computer algorithm has more respect for the Mariners third baseman then the “experts” do.
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Seager had an All-Star season in 2014 and collected his first of what will certainly be many American League Gold Glove awards.
For his consistently improved efforts both defensively and at the plate, the Mariners signed him to a 7-year $100 million extension this offseason.
Some may argue that Seager could be placed even higher on this list. After this season, if continues to improve, Seager could find himself in the Top-3 in next year’s list.
Even so, with three players on the lists last year – Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Robinson Cano – it’s nice to see Seager make the list to keep the Mariners’ total at three players.