This time last year, the Milwaukee Brewers weren’t quite sure what they were going to do at shortstop. Alex Gonzalez had shown significant signs of decline, which meant someone would be thrust into the role by Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke. Well, the 2014 Brewers know exactly who their 2014 Opening Day shortstop is going to be, but the third-year player remains somewhat of a mystery.
Sure, Jean Segura was an MLB All-Star last season, but his numbers steadily declined throughout the summer. While fatigue could have definitely set in for the soon-to-be 24-year-old; Brewers fans have to worry about Segura’s .240 batting average in the months of August and September.
Hopefully a lengthy offseason helps the shortstop to regain his early-season dominance, but Segura will definitely have more on his plate in 2014. After trading Norichika Aoki to the Kansas City Royals in December, Milwaukee is now desperate for another lead-off man. Enter Segura. Despite only batting first a mere two times last year, Roenicke decided on Thursday that No. 9 would be the team’s table-setter to begin the year.
It’s never easy for such a young player to transition into the lead-off spot. Hopefully this move just makes Segura more valuable to an already talented Brewers team, but Milwaukee’s brass could look back and kick themselves for making Segura such an important man at such a young age.