Kyle Duerr Seager (born November 3, 1987) is an American professional baseball third baseman with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was selected by the Mariners in the third round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. In 2014, he was an All Star and won a Gold Glove Award.
Seager with the Seattle Mariners
|Seattle Mariners – No. 15|
|Born: November 3, 1987|
Charlotte, North Carolina
|July 7, 2011, for the Seattle Mariners|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2019 season)
|Runs batted in||666|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school and college career
Kyle Seager is the eldest of three sons born to Jeff and Jody Seager. His brother Corey was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 2012 Draft, while brother Justin was selected by the Mariners in 2013.
Seager elected to stay in-state, playing college baseball at the University of North Carolina, where he had a career .353 batting average with 17 home runs, 66 doubles and 167 RBI. In 2008, he set a school record for doubles in a season (30), was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, and was named to the watch list for both the Dick Howser Trophy and the Brooks Wallace Award.
Seager spent the majority of the 2009 season with the Class-A Clinton LumberKings. He hit .275 with a home run and 22 RBI. He also played one game with the AZL Mariners and two with the Class-A Advanced High Desert Mavericks. Seager spent the entire 2010 season with the High Desert Mavericks, batting .345 with 14 home runs and 74 RBI.
He was ranked by Baseball America as the ninth best prospect in the Mariners organization for 2011. He split the season between the Double-A Jackson Generals, batting .312 with 4 home runs and 37 RBI in 66 games, and the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, where he hit .387 with 3 home runs and 17 RBI in 24 games.
On July 6, 2011, Seager had his contract purchased by the Mariners. He hit his first Major League home run on August 19, 2011 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, and finished the year with a .258 batting average, 3 home runs and 13 RBI in 53 games.
In 2012, his first full MLB season, Seager hit .259 with 20 home runs and 86 RBI in 155 games.
On June 5, 2013, he hit a grand slam against the Chicago White Sox in the 14th inning. It was the first time in MLB history that a player hit a game-tying grand slam in extra innings. He finished 2013 with a .260 batting average, 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 160 games.
On April 23, 2014, he drove in five runs to avoid a sweep against the Houston Astros. He hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to cut the Astros lead to 3–2, and hit a walk-off three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth, allowing the Mariners to win 5–3. The first walk-off hit of his career, his performance earned him an April Co-Player of the Week Award, shared with José Abreu of the White Sox. On June 2, Seager went 4–4 with a double, two triples and a three-run home run against the New York Yankees. The first Mariner to accomplish the feat, he became the first MLB player with two triples and at least one double and homer in a game since Hal Breeden for the Montreal Expos in 1973. On June 15, he went 4–4 with two singles and two doubles and three RBI. On July 7, he was named to his first All-Star team as an injury replacement for Toronto Blue Jays player Edwin Encarnación. He finished 2014 with a .268 batting average, 25 home runs and 96 RBI in 159 games.
On November 4, 2014, he was awarded a Gold Glove.
On April 25, 2016, he hit his 100th career home run in a game against Houston. He finished 2016 with a.278 batting average, 30 home runs and 99 RBI in 158 games and he and his brother, Corey, made history by becoming the first pair of brothers in major league history to each hit 25 or more homers in the same season. On defense, he led the major leagues in fielding errors, with 18.
In 2017, he hit .249 with 27 home runs and 88 RBI in 154 games, his sixth consecutive season with at least 20 home runs and at least 154 games played.
On April 7, 2018, he reached 1,000 career hits against the Minnesota Twins. Seager continued his streak of seasons with 20 or more home runs and at least 154 games played, hitting 22 home runs with 78 RBIs in 155 games but hit a career low .221 in the process.
In 2019, during a spring training game, Seager sustained an injury to his left hand while attempting a diving play on a ball. He was later diagnosed with a hand injury and would require hand surgery that would sideline him for 8 to 10 weeks. He missed 53 games before returning to the lineup in late May 2019. On August 13, 2019, in an 11-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers, Seager became the 11th Mariner to hit 3 home runs in a game, and the first since 2010. In 106 games, Seager hit .239 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI, extending his streak of consecutive seasons of 20 or more home runs to eight.
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- Major League Leaderboards » 2016 » All Positions » Fielding Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
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