Segura Shows His Stuff For Angels
LOS ANGELES—Jean Segura clearly made a big impression during his time in major league camp with the Angels this spring.
"His tools are incredible," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the 21-year-old shortstop. "On the offensive side, he showed some really good plate discipline this spring and as he grows and keeps developing, he has as much upside as anybody in that room."
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said he had heard positive things about Segura, who signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, even before he saw him in person this spring.
"Very athletic. He does a lot of things on the field," Dipoto said by way of summarizing his impressions. "It's short, quick movements at shortstop. It's plenty of arm strength. Above-average runner. He's got impact in his bat. I think he's handled this (camp) really well.
"It's a particularly interesting skills-and-tools package. . . . As a general rule, I try not to dig too much early (before seeing a player first hand). You want to form your own opinion of a player and the opinion I'm forming is a positive one. He's definitely impressed."
Dipoto adds one cautionary note on Segura—"he's had a tough time getting out and staying healthy on the field." Indeed, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Segura has had just one full season as a professional. He missed all but 44 games last season with a torn hamstring. He played in just 45 games in 2009 while being sidelined with a broken ankle before having a breakout performance the following year, batting .313/.365/.464 for low Class A Cedar Rapids while leading the Midwest League in hits (161) and stolen bases (50).
The Angels shifted Segura from second base to shortstop last season and there is a feeling within the organization that he could become a low-cost alternative to Gold Glove-winning shortstop Erick Aybar, who will be a potential free agent next winter.
"He hasn't played above A-ball yet. He hasn't even played a full season," Dipoto said. "So to sit here and put an ETA on him, it would be unfair to him and it would be unfair to the club to create expectations.
"Just let him play and see how good he can be."
• Outfielder Jeremy Moore had surgery to remove a bone spur and repair the labrum in his left hip. Recovery time from the surgery is expected to be three-to-five months with the possibility that Moore won't play at all this season.
• Outfielder Mike Trout was one of the last players optioned from the Angels' major league camp. Trout had a lost spring, hampered first by a viral infection and then by shoulder tendinitis. He opened the season in Triple-A.