Help apparently is on the way for the Chattanooga Lookouts, a team batting a third-worst .248 in the Southern League.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Corey Seager, the Los Angeles Dodgers' top non-pitching prospect, has been promoted from Class A Rancho Cucamonga in California. The Times said it was told by Seager that he had been promoted and that he would report to the Lookouts on Thursday in Mobile, Ala.
The promotion was reported on the Dodgers' website Monday afternoon and was confirmed in an off-the-record conversation locally.
The Lookouts were held to four hits Monday night in a rain-shortened 7-1 loss to Huntsville. The visiting Stars broke a 2-1 game wide open with five runs in the top of the seventh. Erik Komatsu homered and Nick Shaw went 2-for-4 and batted in two runs in the game.
Noel Cuevas, who was 1-for-3, got the lone RBI for the Lookouts. Starting pitcher Raydel Sanchez, lifted after three innings after suffering an unknown injury sliding back into second, took the loss.
A first-round pick in 2012, Seager was leading the High-A California League with 34 doubles and a .633 slugging percentage. He hit .352 with 18 home runs in 80 games and partipated in the MLB Futures game Sunday.
He might have reported to the Lookouts earlier but received permission from the Dodgers to stay over in Minnesota to watch his brother, Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, play in tonight's All-Star game.
A 6-foot-4, 215-pound shortstop, Seager was drafted out of Northwest Cabarrus High in Concord, N.C.
The Lookouts' starting shortstop Monday, Angel Sanchez, signed a free-agent contract last month after playing for the independent league Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
The Lookouts, 4-4 in their last eight games, are off today and will open a five-game series at Mobile on Wednesday. They'll be back home Monday for a five-game series against Montgomery.
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Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...