Kyle Seager

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Kyle Seager
Kyle Seager on April 15, 2012.jpg
Seager with the Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners – No. 15
Third baseman
Born: (1987-11-03) November 3, 1987 (age 27)
Concord, North Carolina
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 7, 2011 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .262
Hits 519
Home runs 70
Runs batted in 264
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Kyle Duerr Seager (born November 3, 1987) is an American professional baseball infielder with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was listed as one of the Top 10 prospects in the Mariners organization for the 2011 season, ranked 9th according to Baseball America.[1] He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Mariners. His brother Corey was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, while brother Justin was drafted by the Mariners in the 2013 draft.[2]

High school and college career[edit]

Seager attended Northwest Cabarrus High School in Concord, North Carolina where he earned Co-North Carolina Player of the Year honors.[3]

Seager elected to stay in state and played college baseball at the University of North Carolina where he found a lot of success. Seager had a career .353 batting average, amassed 17 home runs, 66 doubles, and 167 RBIs.

During the summer of 2008, Seager played in the Cape Cod Baseball League, playing for the Chatham A's.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Seager spent the majority of the 2009 season with the Class-A Clinton LumberKings. He hit .275 with a home run and 22 runs batted in. He also played one game with the AZL Mariners and two with the Class-A adv. High Desert Mavericks. Seager spent the entire 2010 season with High Desert and had a great year at the plate, batting .345 with 14 home runs and 74 runs batted in.

On July 6, 2011, Seager had his contract purchased by the Mariners.[4]

Seager hit his first Major League home run on August 19, 2011 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. He 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, Seager hit a grand slam in extra innings 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.[5] The Mariners ended up losing the game 7–5 in 16 innings. He finished 2013 with a .260 batting average, 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 160 games.

On April 23, 2014, Seager 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 Player of the Week Award.[6]

On June 2, 2014, 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, Seager became the first major leaguer to hit two triples and at least one homer and one double in a game since Hal Breeden for Montreal in 1973.[7]

On June 15, 2014, Seager went 4-4 with two singles and two doubles and three RBI's. It was the fifth time Seager had a four hit game.

On July 7, 2014, Seager was named to his first All-Star team as an injury replacement for Toronto Blue Jays player Edwin Encarnacion.[8] Seager batted .279 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI in the first half.

On November 4, 2014, Seager was awarded his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

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