Jean Segura Gets New Opportunity With Brewers
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers' original plan was to call up shortstop prospect Jean Segura in September to see what he could do.
But when they fell out of the playoff race by the end of July, they figured why wait? Accordingly, they summoned Segura from Double-A Huntsville eight games after acquiring him in the trade that sent ace Zack Greinke to the Angels.
Segura batted .433/.500/.533 in those eight games with Huntsville, so the Brewers summoned him and made room by sending veteran infielder Cesar Izturis to the Nationals. Manager Ron Roenicke made it clear that Segura would play on a regular basis, barring the unforeseen.
"I think it's a great opportunity to look at him," Roenicke said. "It's important to see for going forward next year and maybe the year after to see where Segura is and what we think of him.
"If he's doing really well, he'll be out there a lot. We plan to play him a lot anyway. But the better he does, he's going to be more comfortable and confident."
Segura, 22, spent most of the season with the Angels' Double-A Arkansas affiliate, where he batted .294/.346/.404 with seven homers, 40 RBIs and 33 stolen bases in 94 games. He was surprised to get the call so quickly but appeared determined to show he belongs.
"We'll see what I can bring to the party," he said. "I know what I can do."
Some scouts believe Segura profiles more as a second baseman down the road, in part because of his short, stocky build, but the Brewers, in desperate need of a shortstop going forward, are in no hurry to move him.
"The scouting report always has got something to say," Segura said. "I'm just here to play my game, wherever they put me."
"The guys that I know in Anaheim gave good reports on the kid, said he has good instincts, got a good mind for the game and really good tools," said Roenicke, a former coach with the Angels.
• Righthander Ariel Pena, also acquired in the Greinke trade, was struggling at Huntsville. Through six starts, he was 0-2, 7.57 with 26 strikeouts and 20 walks over 27 innings.
• Lefthander Dan Merklinger was released from the Huntsville roster on Aug. 14. He was 4-7, 6.50 in 24 outings (eight starts).