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Milwaukee Brewers Call Up Shortstop Jean Segura

The Milwaukee Brewers have called up shortstop Jean Segura from Class AA Huntsville after Cesar Izturis was claimed by the Washington Nationals off waivers earlier today.

Milwaukee acquired Segura and two pitching prospects in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels for starting pitcher Zack Greinke. Since the Brewers are clearly out of the playoff race, it is now time for the team to see what they have in the minor leagues. Also, since the team will have over 20 players becoming free agents in the offseason it is important to see who is capable of making the Milwaukee better.

Segura has a great opportunity to show the Brewers what he is capable of and giving them confidence to make him the full-time starter next year. He is batting .433 with four RBI and four stolen bases in eight games with Huntsville. Segura also played in one game at the major league level with the Angels this season in which he went 0-for-3 at the plate with two strikeouts. However, in that same game he had five assists and one putout in six total chances at shortstop.

Many MLB scouts believe Segura is more of a second baseman but the Brewers are hoping he can play the shortstop position every day so they can keep Rickie Weeks at second for now. He has had no real problems playing the position in the minor leagues but many things can change after being called up. It will certainly be exciting to watch Segura get his chance in the majors as management and the fans hope he can play the position well enough to be there every day for the next decade.

Segura was the No. 2 prospect behind only Mike Trout in the Angels organization. Trout, as many people are aware, is currently in the majors and making quite the impact, as he is the leading candidate for American League Rookie of the Year. That means Segura became the No. 1 prospect in a farm system that is loaded with talent. It has to make Brewers fans excited to get a player with such potential considering there was no way Milwaukee was going to be able to keep Greinke.

Izturis played well for the Brewers in the short time he was with the organization, and will make an excellent addition to a Washington team looking to win the NL East for the first time in franchise history. Izturis may not be an impact player at the plate but the fact he is a Gold Glove winner at shortstop is clearly what caught the Nationals eye.