No matter where you go on vacation this summer, no matter how good being out of school or off work may seem, Kyle Seager has you beat.
Consider the last two weeks or so for the Seattle Mariners prospect.
“I played in the Class AA All-Star game for Jacksonville, and was sent to Class AAA Tacoma the next day,” Seager said. “I just got moved in to Tacoma last week and got called to the big leagues last night.
“That was a pretty good two weeks.”
Drafted in June, 2009, the 23-year-old Seager has played everywhere in the infield and done one thing consistently throughout his professional career – hit.
“Our offense is struggling, and he can hit,” veteran Adam Kennedy said.
Sitting in an airport last night waiting to fly to Orange County for the Mariners-Angels series, Seager found a place that was showing the Angels game live. As he watched, Los Angeles outfielder Torii Hunter whistled a ball down the third base line.
“I thought, man, that’s going to be me playing over there tomorrow!” Seager said.
Seager isn’t a power hitter, but a hitter with power. Last year he batted .345 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI in 135 High Class A games. This season, he became a Class AA All-Star by batting .312 with four home runs and 37 RBI in 66 games.
Tacoma? He demolished Pacific Coast League pitching dozen games, batting .455 with 2 home runs and 12 RBI.
“I’m sure I’m going to be nervous that first at-bat,” Seager said. “My fiance is here. My mom, dad and two younger brothers flew in from Chapel Hill (N.C.) today. This is the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me. I’ve seen the locker with my name on it, but I haven’t seen a jersey with it, yet. That’s going to be awesome.”
Manager Eric Wedge welcomed another rookie aboard.
“He told me to relax and soak it all up,” Seager said.