Kyle Seager: 2009, Round 3, Pick 82, 36.9 WAR
Okay. Time to get back to being happy and joyful.
The Mariners had long needed a third baseman. It had been a rotating door of has-beens and hopefuls for a long time. We thought it would be solved with Adrian Beltre, but it turned out that Seattle would be the least efficient of his four stops.
The M's easily could've taken Chris Dominguez or Wade Gaynor, two other 3B prospects who went in that same range. instead, they went with the senior out of North Carolina, and boy oh boy was it the right pick.
Kyle Seager would end up being one of the best players to ever put on a Mariners uniform, and he still ended up being underrated in Mariners lore. .251/.321/.442, but it was the first seven years of his career when he really flourished, with a 29.6 WAR and a slash of .263/.332/.447.
Consistency was what made Seager so nice to have in Seattle, seemingly hitting .265 with 25 HR each of those years after his rookie season. A good defender as well, Seager was usually in the Gold Glove conversation although he ended up just winning once in 2014. He ended up retiring a Mariner at the conclusion of the 2021 season, and unfortunately goes down in M's lore as another great player who never got to see the playoffs.
Miss you, Seags.