Photo: Jon Wells
Kyle Duerr Seager
Height: 6"0" Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: Left / Right
Born: 11/03/1987 in Charlotte, North Carolina
Offseason home: Salisbury, North Carolina
College: University of North Carolina
Family: Wife Julie, son Crue, daughter Remi Audrey
Acquired: Drafted 2009 (3rd round)
MLB Debut: 07/07/2011
Free Agent after: 2021 season
When the Mariners locked Seager up with a seven-year contract extension after the 2014 season, this isn't quite what they had in mind. 2015 and '16 were fine, but since then... Well, '17 was a steep drop, but last year was something else. Career lows in batting, OBP, OPS, but not strikeouts—those were up. Seager was so bad last year he posted an OBP even lower than teammate Ryon Healy's.
Part of last year's problem was injury—like Dee Gordon, Seager played half the year with a broken toe—but beyond that, Seager recognized a need for change. “[Last year] really opened my eyes and pointed out I needed to make some adjustments,” Seager said. “I needed to make some changes physically. I knew my body wasn’t recovering like it should.” He came to spring training having changed his diet, undergone flexibility training, and begun other long-term health habits under the direction of a new trainer in his native North Carolina.
The comeback attempt was complicated by a new problem, though, when Seager injured his hand diving for a ball in a Cactus League game. He underwent surgery to repair a damaged tendon before the rest of the team left for Japan and will be out of action for six weeks or so before an inevitable minor-league rehab assignment. The earliest we could expect to see Seager back on a big-league field is June, with the hot corner manned by Ryon Healy and Dylan Moore in the meantime.
"He’s disappointed," said manager Scott Servais. “He put a lot of work in this offseason and was feeling good about where he’s at with his spring. But he’ll be a little late to start his 2019 season.”