Chris Seise, the Texas Rangers’ second overall selection in the 2017 MLB draft, taken 29th overall, will miss the 2018 season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced yesterday. Seise is a righthanding throwing shortstop, and the surgery was reportedly to “clean out” the rotator cuff.
This is disappointing news, obviously. Seise is considered a true shortstop who is expected to stay at the position long-term, and had a nice professional debut, slashing .336/.395/.509 in 27 games in the Arizona Rookie League before moving up to the Northwest League, where he slashed .222/.250/.273 in 24 games.
Seise was generally viewed as being in the 6 to 10 range among Rangers prospects, and was slated to return to Spokane in the Northwest League in a few weeks.
In other potentially troubling news regarding well regarded Rangers 2017 draft picks, Keith Law says in his chat today that Hans Crouse is dealing with a biceps issue. No further details in regards what Crouse, the Rangers’ second round pick who is thought by some to be the team’s top pitching prospect, is battling with, but hopefully he will be ready to go when Spokane’s season starts.