Jean Segura‘s rapid ascent to being one of the top shortstops in MLB seems like ancient history now, no?
After busting out of the gates like gangbusters and posting two straight .900-plus OPS months on the way to being named an All-Star, I think it’s probably fair to say that the Milwaukee Brewers shortstop’s five-tool luster has worn off considerably by now.
Yes, he can still run like the wind (at least seven steals in each month), but as far as the rest of his game goes, well … let’s just let the numbers tell the story:
June OPS: .724
July OPS: .681
August OPS: .575
Yikes. Yeah, If you actually think that the 23-year-old’s .302/.335/.438 overall line through 557 PA thus far is representative of his game … you’re sorely mistaken. In fact, this might be one of those cases where the larger sample size actually tells somewhat of a misleading story about his season.
Yes, Segura is a 3.3 fWAR shortstop for the Brewers, which is excellent, but that belies the fact that he hasn’t been a plus-defender (0.5 fielding runs below average), and that he’s been a sub-par player for almost as long as he was one of the league’s best, too.
Don’t think so? In 160 PA since the All-Star break, Segura has posted a brutal .245/.264/.323 line that has seen his lack of ability to draw walks (4.5 percent in first half, 2.5 in second) come back to haunt him in full force.
That, along with his still-suspect defense, all adds up to a -0.2 fWAR next to his name since the Midsummer Classic, making the youngster one of the team’s least valuable positional players for well over a month now.
And as you saw from his OPS trend earlier, he doesn’t look as though he’s primed for a resurgence either.
Considering that he posted a .261/.321/.331 line as a -0.1 fWAR player through 44 games with the Brewers in his first cup of tea in the bigs … you know, the biggest question surrounding Segura right now might not be when and whether he can break out of this slump, but if he’s actually in a slump at all.