Seager, the 18th overall pick in the draft, is expected to receive a bonus of $2.35 million, well over the MLB-allotted slot value of $1.95 million. An infielder out of Concord Cabarraus High School in Concord, North Carolina, the 18-year-old Seager is the first position player to be drafted as the Dodgers’ first pick in a decade.
Listed at 6 feet 4 and 205 pounds, Seager was projected by several other teams as a third baseman, but the Dodgers intend for him to start his professional career as a shortstop.
Represented by uber-agent Scott Boras, Seager reportedly leveraged his impending scholarship to the University of South Carolina to receive his hefty bonus.
Were the Dodgers right to go over-slot?