Corey Seager keeping pace with Piazza

The LAD offense continued to sputter last night but not Corey Seager who launched a massive home run to right center against ex – Dodger Grienke.  Legend has it that Grienke was pleased when the Dodgers drafted Seager, to bad he didn’t stick around to pitch with him behind him.

Seager’s 15th home run moved him up the LAD rookie leaderboard, passing Bill Sudakis and Johnny Roseboro. You can read a little about Bill Sudakis here.

Seager is now tied with one of the LAD all time greats in Ron Cey. The Dodgers have not always had a good 3rd baseman but from 1973 – 1981 they had a great one in Roy Cey.  It took Ron Cey in 1973 almost 600 plate appearances to hit those fifteen home runs. James Loney also hit fifteen home runs his rookie season, and it only took James 375 plate appearances for his fifteen.  Loney’s power surge his rookie season is what ended up frustrating so many Dodger fans as he never approached those home run per at bat numbers again. In Loney’s rookie year he averaged a home run every twenty-five plate appearances. For the rest of his career it was one home run every fifty-six plate appearances.  On a minor note, James Loney hit his 100th home run the other day. For a moment in time it did not look like Loney would get to that milestone as he had been released by Tampa, and was playing for the Padre AAA club when the Mets came calling.

Which made me wonder how many plate appearances did the leaderboard leader Mike Piazza need for his fifteen – 254 is the answer, so surprisingly Seager is almost on pace with Piazza.  Piazza had just finished a hot stretch with three home runs in three games. He would not hit his 16th home run until July 5th. Corey has more plate appearances right now than Mike did at the point they hit their 15th home runs, but Corey did it on June 14th, Mike didn’t do it until June 21st.  So in a way, Corey is actually a head of the pace of Piazza if you go by the schedule but behind if you go by plate appearances.

Next up for Seager are Jayson Werth and Raul Mondesi with 16. Good chance he ties them tonight.

Player HR Year Age PA OPS Pos
Mike Piazza (RoY-1st) 35 1993 24 602 0.932 C
Joc Pederson 26 2015 23 585 0.763 CF
Frank Howard (RoY-1st) 23 1960 23 487 0.784 OF
Eric Karros (RoY-1st) 20 1992 24 589 0.73 1B
Greg Brock (RoY-7th) 20 1983 26 543 0.738 1B
Yasiel Puig (RoY-2nd) 19 2013 22 432 0.925 OF
Don Demeter 18 1959 24 401 0.731 OF
Billy Grabarkewitz 17 1970 24 640 0.852 SS/3B
Jayson Werth 16 2004 25 326 0.825 OF
Raul Mondesi (RoY-1st) 16 1994 23 454 0.849 OF
James Loney (RoY-6th) 15 2007 23 375 0.919 1B
Ron Cey (RoY-6th) 15 1973 25 595 0.723 3B
Corey Seager 15 2016 22 278 0.864 SS
Bill Sudakis 14 1969 23 507 0.678 3B
John Roseboro 14 1958 25 431 0.788 C
Matt Luke 12 1998 27 257 0.736 OF
Todd Hollandsworth (RoY-1st) 12 1996 23 526 0.785 OF
Jim Lefebvre (RoY-1st) 12 1965 23 631 0.706 2B
Willie Davis 12 1961 21 380 0.767 OF
Alex Guerrero 11 2015 28 230 0.695 OF
Andre Ethier (RoY-5th) 11 2006 24 441 0.842 OF
Tommy Davis (RoY-5th) 11 1960 21 374 0.728 OF
Russell Martin (RoY-9th) 10 2006 23 468 0.792 C
David Ross 10 2003 26 140 0.892 C
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