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Mets 2012 Draft Redo: Who they could have taken over Gavin Cecchini

FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Gavin Cecchini
FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Gavin Cecchini
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Corey Seager

Highly touted as the future face of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Corey Seager has been one of the most impressive young players to watch develop over the past few years. Taken 18th overall in the 2012 draft, six picks after Cecchini, Seager was called up to the big leagues near the end of the 2015 season and impressed LA enough to convince them that he should join them for their postseason run later that year, where they lost to the Mets in 5 games in the NLDS.

Seager was given the job as starting shortstop to begin the 2016 campaign and continued to show the Dodgers why he was the future of the team. In 157 games for the LA, he hit 26 home runs and 72 RBI, posting a .308 batting average with a .365 OBP, earning him the NL Rookie of the Year Award, his first All-Star selection and he finished 3rd in MVP voting for that year, all at just 22 years old.

He continued on his success the following season in 2017, posting similarly high numbers and helped lead the Dodgers to his first World Series appearance, where they lost in 7 games to the Houston Astros.

Unfortunately, 2018 was a lost year for Seager. After appearing in just 26 during the season, he was ruled out for the year after being diagnosed with a right UCL sprain and was forced to undergo Tommy John Surgery. As of now, he is expected to return to the Dodgers lineup in early 2019.

Despite missing the bulk of last season, Seager lit the baseball world on fire in his first two full years in the majors, posting numbers greater anything we have ever seen out of a Mets rookie, and will likely be a big name out of LA or many years to come.

One thing is certain, if the Mets had the chance to redo their 2012 draft again, they would fools not to take him.

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