Friedman in no rush to promote Seager
Dodgers top shortstop prospect continues to make strides
SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, indicated Saturday that he's in no hurry to rush the team's No. 1 prospect, shortstop Corey Seager, to the Major Leagues.
"He continues to make improvement each and every day," Friedman said of the 21-year-old. "We don't have a date circled on the calendar, as much as we want to do everything we can to put Corey in position to be as good a Major League player as he can be as quickly as he can be."
Seager tore up Double-A for one month, batting .375 with a 1.082 OPS, before being promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He struggled for three weeks, batting .238, then caught fire and is hitting .297 there with an .815 OPS. He has missed the last two games with a jammed finger that the club does not believe is serious.
Friedman also said he's pleased with the all-around play of veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who was acquired so Seager wouldn't be rushed. Friedman said Rollins' .200 batting average doesn't reflect his power, defense and leadership skills.