Ex-Loons shortstop named NL Rookie of the Year

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Corey Seager played for the Great Lakes Loons in 2013. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager played for the Great Lakes Loons in 2013. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Former Great Lakes Loons shortstop Corey Seager stood out in his first full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, so much so that he was unanimously named winner of the National League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday.

Seager batted .308 with 26 home runs, 40 doubles, 72 runs batted in, and 105 runs scored in 157 games with the Dodgers this year. He is only the second rookie shortstop to hit 25 homers and score 100 runs in a season; Nomar Garciaparra did it first for the 1997 Boston Red Sox.

Seager batted .309 with 12 HR and 57 RBI in 74 games with the 2013 Loons.

Another Midwest League alumnus, Washington Nationals centerfielder/second baseman Trea Turner, finished a distant second in the NL Rookie of the Year race. He batted .342 with 13 HR, 40 RBI and 33 SB in 73 games with the Nationals this year.

Turner batted .369 with 4 HR, 22 RBI and 14 SB in 46 games with the 2014 Fort Wayne TinCaps.

Detroit Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer was named the American League Rookie of the Year. He went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA, 132 strikeouts and 42 walks in 159 innings (26 starts).

Fulmer did not play in the Midwest League.

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