Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura has put forth an incredible first full season in the big leagues. With that being said, it appears the 23-year-old is running out of gas at the finish line. Segura’s struggles have many wondering if he should be rested so that his batting average does not take a hit due to a lack of energy.
I believe the Brewers are correct in allowing Segura to play through the struggles, something that will benefit him down the road. Recording just three hits in his last 20 at-bats is definitely something that is out of the norm for Segura. However, 2013 is all about the learning experience, especially with Milwaukee posting one of their worst records in recent years.
“This is a learning experience,” veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez said, according to Brewers.com. “You have to pace yourself. You have to cut down on your [batting practice] and your cage work, maybe do a little more in the weight room to stay stronger during the season. I learned a lot from Moises [Alou] and Sammy [Sosa] going about their business in Chicago. You can’t go out there and wear yourself out every single day.
“I talked to [Segura] a little about it earlier. But now that he’s struggling, he wants to do more in the cage, more in early BP. But you can’t do that. You’re going to wear yourself out, especially when it’s 95 [degrees] out there. It’s all a learning experience for him.”
Manager Ron Roenicke has had conversations with Segura in order to pinpoint the problem. The issue is not an injury, which is certainly a good thing, but rather simple fatigue. It cannot be easy to play winter ball at a high level, then win a job in the starting lineup in Spring Training, and then attempt to make a name for one’s self in a year that saw superstar Ryan Braun get suspended.
There is a lot of pressure on Segura to play at a high level day in and day out, especially with Braun’s image in the cellar. Someone needs to step up and be the face of the franchise, at least until the fans can figure out their emotions with Braun. Segura is clearly that man. He is a young player who is incredibly talented with plenty of baseball in front of him.
Segura getting burned out is certainly a concern. However, as Ramirez pointed out, the learning experience will teach Segura that he must work harder in the weight room so that his body can endure another long season.
It is unfortunate to watch his batting average drop below .300, especially since he was set to become the second shortstop in franchise history to accomplish the feat. However, learning from a losing season is more important than anything else.