It’s rather easy to let gems like Jean Segura pass you by on a daily basis, but the Milwaukee Brewers shortstop is starting to get noticed by even the most casual of MLB fans. On Tuesday night, Segura caught a ton of attention by belting six hits against the Minnesota Twins in a losing effort.
The Brewers’ shortstop went into the season as somewhat of an afterthought, but the 23-year-old has made his presence felt with a league leading .365 batting average in just his first professional season. His statistics cease to amaze considering he’s fourth in on-base percentage (.400) and eighth in slugging percentage (.569) — both of which are higher than the numbers of All Star and ex-MVP, Ryan Braun.
His numbers have hardly been a mystery, but the way that Segura got to Milwaukee may be unknown to even the most devout Brewers fans. In fact, the Los Angeles Angels dealt Segura in exchange for Zack Grienke, who made 13 starts with the halos. Angels fans and front office members will be kicking themselves in the rear once they see their former prospect lining up for the National League All-Star team in the coming seasons.
Considering that only 97 hitters have etched six hits in one game since 1916, the spotlight should get much brighter on the surefire National League player of the month in May.
With the added attention comes higher expectations, so Milwaukee should get ready for a few more eyeballs tuning in just to see this phenom take the diamond on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the Brewers play in the toughest division currently in the National League, but if the Beer Makers can nail down a few more wins, then the MVP chant at Miller Park will start getting much louder.