Bits: Segura now tops on Player Rater 

May, 14, 2013

While rehabbing Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke gets the headlines for the possibility he will come off the disabled list and pitch Wednesday, the relatively unknown shortstop prospect acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Los Angeles Angels for Greinke’s rights last summer had another big night Monday, and now boasts the honor of being fantasy’s top player. That’s right, Brewers speedster Jean Segura entered Monday as fantasy’s No. 3 overall option on the Player Rater, then secured the top spot after producing three more hits, an RBI and three stolen bases Monday against the overwhelmed Pittsburgh Pirates.

Segura certainly doesn’t have the name value Greinke does, but considering all the terrific performances in fantasy this season, the fact he’s ahead of Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton and Matt Harvey on the Rater is pretty impressive. This is a shortstop hitting .368 and on pace for 27 home runs, 72 RBIs, 59 stolen bases and 90 runs scored. Segura was never expected to be the next Alex Rodriguez (circa 1998), but those who took the chance to add him as a free agent a week or two into April love the results. Segura, 23, went undrafted in most leagues, despite being a middle infielder with the potential for major stolen base totals. He’s being viewed as an obvious sell-high choice and yes, by definition he is, because it’s awfully unlikely he remains ahead of the likes of Cabrera and the top pitchers, but he’s not going to be Brendan Ryan the rest of the way, either.

Jean Segura
Mike McGinnis/Getty Images Jean Segura's .588 slugging percentage has been the largest surprise of all.