Justin Seager is now a member of the Seattle Mariners.
The Charlotte 49ers junior infielder, the M’s 12th round selection in last week’s MLB Draft, will forgo his senior season in Green and White and start on his paths to the majors, signing a rookie contract with the same team his older brother, Kyle, is a member of.
The younger Seager ended his junior year as the co-player of the year in the Atlantic 10. He led the Niners in various offensive categories (batting average–.363; hits–74; doubles–21) and ranked second or third on the team in several others. Justin becomes the third member of the Seager family in professional baseball; Corey, the second oldest of the trio, is in the Dodgers organization.
Justin will get a chance to make an impact right away. He’ll report to Seattle’s Short-Season A affiliate, the Everett AquaSox, in time for their home opener against the Tri-City Dust Devils (the Rockies’ A-ball affiliate) this coming Monday.
The other current Niner to be drafted, Tyler Barnette (14th round, Chicago White Sox), is presumably in the process of signing a contract of his own, but Seager’s is the first that we have confirmation of right now.
Congrats to Justin–best wishes to him as he looks for his shot in The Show. We’ll be keeping track, and we know our friends over at FanSided’s Mariners blog, Sodo Mojo, will be as well.