The Milwaukee Brewers may be 2-6 and not playing the best baseball through the first eight games of the season, but none of that is due to a lack of play on Jean Segura’s part. The shortstop is off to an incredible start on offense through the first two weeks of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Segura is batting .458 with one home run, three RBI, two walks, two doubles, one triple, three runs, a .500 on-base percentage and a .750 slugging percentage in 24 at-bats this year. His batting average is the third best in the big leagues and tops all other infielders. The only other infielder that comes close is Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (.412 batting average).
The 23-year-old has played in seven of Milwaukee’s eight games as he missed Monday night’s contest against the Chicago Cubs with a bruised left thigh. He has recorded a hit in six of those seven games, including four games with more than one hit.
After Segura ended the 2012 season on a hot streak, batting .343 with seven RBI in the month of September, it is obvious the Brewers came out ahead in their trade with the Los Angeles Angels last July. Milwaukee dealt starting pitcher Zack Greinke for Segura and two Minor League pitchers. The fact that the Brewers were not going to be able to re-sign Greinke in the offseason, but still got Segura in the process is quite amazing.
Considering Milwaukee has dealt with so many injuries in the early part of the season, it is good to see players such as Segura stepping up when the chips already appear down. Hopefully, the right-handed batter can keep it up and make a name for himself with the Brewers.