Play 6. A high pop behind shortstop.
Seager backpedals from wire-to-wire, almost cheekily, drifting left with ease and taking over the skyball with initiative.
Play 7. Another very high popup on the infield, shallower. See previous. The body language is almost overconfident.
You wonder why we talk about dirt-dog mentality sometimes... the idea is that a ballplayer enjoys being in the middle of the action, enjoys baseball, let's play two. I hope they hit more balls to me next game. Y'know.
=== With Grades Like These, At Least You Know He Ain't Cheating, Dept. ===
Here are the 2010 Fans' Scouting Reports on qualified shorstops. They're not on the 20-80 ML scouting scale; they're on some kind of 0-100 scale, apparently.
Comparing Seager to that SS pool ... the one that includes Ryan, Drew, Andrus, Scutaro, Punto etc. ... Dr. D would grade Seager, on that FSR scale, thusly:
- 60 - Instincts
- 50 - First step
- 50 - Speed
- 60 - Hands
- 20 - Release (includes footwork. Improvable with practice)
- 40 - Arm strength
- 50 - Accuracy (throws sail, but on the other hand he doesn't airmail them)
- 40 - Overall (improvable)
Dr. D had assumed that Seager just does not possess the physical tools to pull this off -- here be freakazoids, the ML shortstop community -- but he was wrong.
Give Kyle Seager a good winter to iron out his footwork, and to raise his elbow when going into the hole, and he can play shortstop as well as Marco Scutaro can play it.