By Jon Weisman
Bill Shaikin of the Times has more in an interview with Seager, who lined out to right and was hit by a pitch in the game. Seager is sticking around Minnesota to watch his brother Kyle, the Seattle infielder, play in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game.
Seager had a .411 on-base percentage and .633 slugging percentage with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, after going .246/.320 in a late-season debut there last year. This year, he has 34 doubles and 18 homers in 80 games.
Meanwhile, Rancho teammate Julio Urias at 17 became the youngest player in Futures Game history. He pitched a perfect inning on 14 pitches, striking out one.
“The Dodgers’ lefty was 92 to 95 with an above-average curveball and great rhythm to his delivery,” wrote Keith Law of ESPN.com. “He rotates his hips well, both to hide the ball and to generate arm speed the safer way by using his lower half.”
- The Dodgers optioned Pedro Baez back to Albuqerque, and will announce a corresponding roster move later this week. Baez pitched a shutout inning in Detroit on Tuesday, his second appearance with the Dodgers of 2014.
- After throwing eight pitches in the first 10 days of June, Kenley Jansen appeared in three games in a row, earning himself that upcoming four-day break. Now it’s Brian Wilson who is the most rested Dodger pitcher, having not pitched in a game since July 6 — guaranteeing him at least 12 days between games.
- There has been a higher rate of 1-0 games in the Majors this year than ever before since MLB expanded to 30 teams, writes David Pinto of Baseball Musings.
- Thanks to their lowball offense of late and some oddball scheduling, the Dodgers will enter play July 29 having hit two home runs at Dodger Stadium in the first 28 days of July.
Deuces up for the Twin Cities: pic.twitter.com/vHmrsZQsd3
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 14, 2014