Segura Impresses In Debut With Milwaukee





MILWAUKEE — The Brewers knew they were asking a lot of Jean Segura when they promoted him from Double-A Huntsville in early August and made him their No. 1 shortstop.

One of three prospects acquired on July 27 from the Angels in a trade for ace Zack Greinke, the 22-year-old Segura barely had gotten his feet on the ground in the organization when he was summoned to the big leagues. The Brewers wanted to see how Segura would fare, not knowing at the time that they'd make a late-season playoff push that would put even more pressure on him.

As might be expected, Segura struggled in the first few weeks at the plate. He was overanxious, swinging at too many bad pitches, and battled to keep his average above .200.

Then, things began to change. Segura started hitting the ball with more authority, started having more multi-hit games. Amazingly, when the season came to a close, Segura was hitting .264/.321/.331..

Segura's improvement came after diligent work with hitting coach Johnny Narron, who left him alone for a few weeks until he settled in.

"He's a strong, young man. Timing is very important," Narron said. "He's already applying that. I'm getting him to use his lower half. He's got strong legs. Once you can stay back and utilize that timing correctly, you can also use your lower half better. He's doing that. I'm real pleased with the adjustments he has made already."

Some scouts believe Segura is more suited to second base, often citing his squatty body type. But Segura has shown the range, arm and hands to play shortstop, and that's where the Brewers have the greatest need.

"I see what they're saying when they talk about second base," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "But the way he has played for us, he can play shortstop in the big leagues."

MICROBREWS

• Righthander Wily Peralta, considered the No. 1 prospect in the organization before struggling through an erratic season at Triple-A Nashville, impressed the Brewers in his first five big league outings, going 2-1, 2.48.

• Outfielder Josh Prince was the last player assigned by the Brewers to the Arizona Fall League. The team considered getting an exemption for injured first baseman Mat Gamel, who missed most of the year after tearing an ACL, but he wasn't quite ready to play.