Anyone who’s watched the Milwaukee Brewers lately will see a struggling hitter in Jean Segura. His at-bats have looked like a hitter out of sorts and pressing just a bit. Despite his inability to produce much offensively, however, Segura is doing his part to help the streaking club.
When Segura is going well, he’s sitting back in his stance and driving the ball to right field. Segura normally shows a little bit of patience at the plate to get a pitch to hit as well. Thus far in 2014, he’s pulling the ball consistently on the ground and is seeing the fewest pitches per plate appearance in the NL (entering Sunday), getting just 2.98 pitches each time up.
Though Segura is hitting just .238 with a sub-.300 OBP, he’s done enough in other facets of the game to be a contributor to the Crew’s hot streak.
Sunday afternoon’s tilt against the Pittsburgh Pirates was a prime example of what he can bring to the table. He was spectacular in the field, diving all-out in the hole to snare a one-hop rocket from Andrew McCutchen and throw out the speedy center fielder. That was the last of three assists in the first inning for Segura.
He also showed off a strong arm and good quickness coming in on a couple of slow rollers. Segura has certainly eased the doubters about whether or not he could handle shortstop. And outside of the second game of the Boston Red Sox series, Segura’s defense has played a big role in the Brewers’ pitching dominance.
On offense, he still can be a game changer through stolen bases and good, aggressive base-running. Segura leads the team with three stolen bases.
One other thing Segura did on Sunday showed he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the Brewers to victory. With Carlos Gomez on first and Segura realizing the impact of his struggles, he dropped down a perfect bunt toward third for a single ahead of Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez. It should have been first and second with one out, but Gomez ran into an out (long story).
Regardless, it was great to see the 24-year-old attempt a bunt base hit when he’s having issues at the plate and potentially helping the club. That’s yet another area where Segura reminds me of Paul Molitor in understanding the situation.
I have no doubt Segura will be fine in the next couple of weeks and knocking the ball the other way. He might need a day off or two in the next few series to giving him a breather and let him relax a bit. However, there’s no need to do anything drastic like move him down in the order or sit him for an extended period of time.
As long as Segura continues to play well in the field and do the little things to earn victories, he’s an asset that needs to be on the diamond. The faith and trust in his ability will pay off the rest of the year.