Seager is following up his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2016 with an equally impressive showing this season and demonstrating the desire to get better that Utley cited, namely by drawing walks at a much higher rate. The shortstop walked 54 times in 687 plate appearances in 2016, and it has taken him less than half as many plate appearances this season to match that total.
Bellinger has wowed baseball fans beyond Los Angeles by blasting 26 home runs in his first 76 games since the Dodgers summoned the first baseman from the Pacific Coast League on April 25. The league is sure to adjust to the young slugger, but he’ll have Utley and other veteran teammates to lean on when that happens.
Utley defers any direct credit for either player’s success, but he said that both are a big part of what the Dodgers need to win beyond the regular season, and that while he might not see himself as necessarily a mentor to Seager or Bellinger, Utley is invested in both.
“I try to help them out as much as possible. I don’t make them follow me around on a daily basis or anything, but if they have questions, I’m going to try to answer them,” Utley said. “I might not always have the right answer, but we can at least talk through it.”
Thoughts: Hembree has been a regular part of Boston’s bullpen (3.30 ERA in 110 appearances) since the trade. Escobar was waved by the Red Sox in April 2016, and after stints in the Arizona and Personalized Cheap Jerseys Cleveland organizations, is now pitching in Japan.
Peavy had a 2.17 ERA in 12 regular-season starts, then threw 5 2/3 shutout innings NFL Jerseys Nike against the Nationals in the NLDS before struggling a bit in the NLCS and World Series.