Will H. says:
April 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm
I just picked up Seager the other day. Wright was my only 3B in a league with a CI and seven bench slots that, all together, left the waiver wire with very few currently full-time 3Bs (let alone good ones). I had never heard of him, but he looked to have no worse of a floor than the other options (Robert Andino and Chris Johnson) and no lower a ceiling… and hopefully one or the other is better. I don’t know if I’m right about that, but I felt he was the best available stopgap for now. Is that the choice you would have made?
April 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm
Hopefully Ottoneu is continuing to catch on around the fantasy sphere. We’re in our second year and it’s quickly becoming my favorite format by far. Love the deep rosters where guys like Kyle Seager get their own blog post.
For those of us that do play, it would be nice this season to see a regular report on trends within the game about common players being added or dropped, and at what prices. Not sure if this is already available, but my guess is that the trends will be consistent across most Ottoneu leagues since the rosters are so deep. Just a thought…
Kyle H says:
April 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm
I have a middling MI, and seager is the exact type of depth I could use. Of course, he is taken, and I have no clue as to what to give him to get him.
April 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm
I’ll comment as an M’s fan. Seager has always been able to cover the plate very well – he was often pegged as a low-power-for-a-3B guy who could make it work with high contact rates and doubles. He can hit any type of pitch anywhere in the zone (that’s based on my eye test, maybe I’m wrong but I doubt it). Now, though, he’s been getting stronger as well as putting much harder swings on balls while maintaining his excellent plate coverage. A local blog article just today mentioned that people often forget he is a LH FB hitter in Safeco (30% GB rate). So, I think people dismiss him as a 3B too quickly.
April 13, 2012 at 12:58 am
I wouldn’t be so quick to believe that Seager will lose 3B when Carp rand Gutierrez return.
Seager’s contact skills, always very good, are just obscene this year. In 7 games, he has swung and missed once. The strength he added the off-season has meant he is hitting the ball with a lot more authority. While he just hit his first HR today, a deep-in-the upper deck shot against left Derek Holland, I think he is capable of 15 to 20 homers.
To get a sense of what the Mariners think of him, consider they now have him hitting 5th in the order, and today, facing a tough lefty in Holland, they chose to bench Ackley to Seager could play 2B and stay in the lineup. On top of all that, he has looked good fielding at 3rd and turned a stellar play today at 2B, grabbing a wide throw on the SS side during a SB attempt and riding the tag on a baserunner who over-slid the bag by an inch and pointing to the gap with his other hand.
When Carp returns, while Figgins will get some starts at 3b, I expect that Seager may play as least as often as each of them, with Figgins playing some OF and Seager taking games at SS and 2B.
I’m in a deep league too with 40-man rosters and A.L. only — I stashed Seager as a keeper at $3 in a $260 league. Perhaps that colours my judgment. But I think Seager has elevated his game so much he has a real chance to stick. Just as important, I think the Mariners believe that too.
Chad Young says:
April 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm
I prefer Seager to your other options, assuming playing time.Looks like Wright is fine anyway, but if you end up needing an everyday 3B option, you might have to look elsewhere. I still think Seager ends up with a lot of PAs and I still think the Mariners move Figgins when they can, but a) that might be a while and b) I could be wrong.
Chad Young says:
April 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm
Working on something along these lines. For my next article, I am going to look at some of the most recent adds in ottoneu leagues; in the future hoping to have access to better true trend data.
Chad Young says:
April 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm
He may be able to improve to the point where he can be a viable fantasy 3B, but he won’t be a top 10 option, at all…and in most leagues that puts him pretty close to replacement level. If he hits his ceiling and plays everyday, I’d be find starting him at 3B, but only with the understanding that 3B is not going to be an area of great strength for me.
May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm
care to update this assessment?
Chad Young says:
May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm
I have actually moved Seager into almost a full-time starting role on at least one of my teams. Partially due to an injury to Allen Craig, but a 792 OPS with 5 HR from a SS and 2B eligible player who is likely to keep MI eligibility for at least one more year? Yes, please. Still think the SLG is going to have to come down at some point, but…who knows, the guy just keeps hitting.
May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm
thanks for the update. i’ve been offered Seager for Motte, so i’ve been trying to do some research. what do you think of the offer? i’ve also got Nathan and Downs as closers. thanks!
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