The man who the Milwaukee Brewers acquired in the deal that saw Zack Greinke go to the Los Angeles Angels in 2012 is looking to build off his impressive 2013 performance. Jean Segura gave the Brewers hope in a season that saw superstar Ryan Braun get suspended for half of the season. It will now be up to Segura to once again give the team the necessary boost, but this time with a playoff berth waiting at the end of the regular season.
Segura will enter the 2014 Spring Training as one of Milwaukee’s must-watch players. The main assumption for that reason is because of his outstanding .294 batting average and 44 stolen bases last year. However, the real reason is to see how the 23-year-old handles his newfound success. Many fans, players and coaches will have their eyes on him in order to see how he responds. That alone should make for a very exciting spring.
Believe it or not, last year was Segura’s first full season in the big leagues. Think about that for a second. Think about the potential the young man has shown in just a short period. If Braun is Milwaukee’s Dark Knight, the player who must make the hard decisions for the greater good of the team, then Segura is the city’s White Knight. He is flawless without a scratch on his record. His public image is intact and he has all the makings of someone who could become the face of the franchise in a very short time frame.
The 5’10”, 200-pound shortstop has several areas where he must improve in 2014. For starters, it would be nice to see him take a few more walks. Segura’s 25 walks ranked last among shortstops in the National League who had at least 335 at-bats. Also, the Brewers would like to see him display more power, even though that isn’t his game. Above everything else, Milwaukee wants the youngster to keep doing what he’s doing. Bat around .300, get on base and steal every chance he gets.
Like several players on the roster, Segura will enter Spring Training with so much to prove. The good news is there’s plenty of reason to believe he is built for the long-term success.