By Jon Weisman
Corey Seager, who in the starting lineup tonight for the 146th time in 158 games this season, has played 1,316 defensive innings in 2016.
That’s the third most by a Dodger shortstop in the 2000s, behind Cesar Izturis (1,386 in 2004) and Rafael Furcal (1,371 in 2006).
With all those innings, Seager has been the eighth most valuable defensive player in baseball this year, according to Fangraphs’ defensive rankings, which account for the value of each position.
Seager would finish with 1,361 innings if he plays five nine-inning games in the rest of the regular season, though one expects he’ll get at least a start off. If he reaches 1,350, that will be the most work by a Dodger on defense since Matt Kemp’s 1,380 in 2011.
The 22-year-old Seager is the youngest Dodger to play 1,300 innings in a season since 20-year-old third baseman Adrian Beltre played 1,320 2/3 in 1999.
Seager’s total, while impressive, is eighth among Major League shortstops and third among National League shortstops, behind Philadelphia’s Freddy Galvis (1,330) and Washington’s Danny Espinosa (1,320 2/3). Seager also doesn’t even lead his family — Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager is fourth in MLB with 1,353 2/3 innings.