After watching Milwaukee Brewers phenom Jean Segura steal home in one of the most unlikely ways possible, one has to wonder if 50 stolen bases in a season is a possibility at some point down the road.
Segura was caught in a rundown between third base and home plate after a failed squeeze in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s contest against the Texas Rangers. Instead of giving up and accepting his fate, Segura managed to fool everyone watching the game by running around catcher A.J. Pierzynski and scoring the fifth run for the Brewers. It was an unbelievable display of athleticism that proves just how special he truly is.
The 23-year-old leads the National League in hits (145) and is seventh in batting average (.312) this year. He also is third in Major League Baseball with 35 stolen bases. There is no question reaching 40 is a legitimate possibility this season. However, will he ever be able to steal 50 bases at some point in his career?
“I’ve always been an aggressive runner,” Segura said, according to Brewers.com. “It’s a part of my game, stealing and running. … One of my goals is 50 [steals].”
After watching him for almost an entire season, the answer is absolutely yes. Segura is a very talented baseball player who has the potential to become the face of the franchise, regardless of what happens to Ryan Braun. He is athletic, determined and has the natural instincts to be a top-notch base stealer. The fact that he is so young means he has plenty of opportunities over the next few seasons to accomplish the desired feat.