Draft Pick Seager Carries Kannapolis
Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 12, 2012
By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record
Corey Seager could be in the major leagues in the not-too-distant future. But he’s not a multimillionaire quite yet, so he was at Rich Park on June 6 playing shortstop and batting second for the Kannapolis Legion baseball team.
Seager made his presence felt, going 2 for 3 with a home run, a walk and three runs to carry Kannapolis to a 4-3 victory over Mocksville.
The matchup was for sole possession of first in the Southern Division. Kannapolis improved to 6-1 in the division. Mocksville slipped to 5-2.
Seager batted over .500 for Northwest Cabarrus High, hitting 10 homers and driving in 37 runs. The 6-4, 205-pounder was the 18th overall pick in the Major League Draft by the Dodgers. He was the first position player taken. He is expected to sign for around two million dollars.
But that’s for another day this summer. Right now he’s a one-man wrecking ball for Kannapolis, and this was his first action since being drafted.
“He’s on the fast track to the big leagues,” Mocksville coach Charles Kurfees said. “Stanly County intentionally walked him four times the other night.”
Mocksville got a vintage pitching performance from Corey Randall, but it went wasted as Mocksville fell to 0-4 when seeking a three-game winning streak.
Randall (1-1) was superb, allowing four hits in nine inning and striking out 10. Again Mocksville mustered little support for its pitcher. The previous two nights – in 5-3 and 4-3 wins over Wilkes and Stanly – Mocksville managed just enough offense to prevail.
“It’s the best game I’ve ever seen Randall pitch,” assistant coach Todd Bumgarner said. “We wasted that pitching performance.”
Randall walked the first two batters of the game, including Seager, and a two-out single put Kannapolis on top 2-0 …