Monday, February 18, 2013
Segura gets his chance
By Doug Mittler
The Milwaukee Brewers were comfortable enough with Jean Segura's late-season performance to install the 22-year-old as their starting shortstop for 2013.
Segura, one of the top prospects acquired from the Angels in the deal for Zack Greinke, hit .264 in 44 games, but was a bit erratic defensively with 10 errors. He followed that up with a strong performance in the Dominican Winter League, where he batted .324 over 35 games.
The 5-foot-9 Segura will be given every chance to sink or swim, but the Brewers do have a Plan B, writes Tom Haudricourt. If Segura needs more seasoning in the minors, the Brewers have Alex Gonzalez, who began the 2012 season as the starter before blowing out his right knee in early May.
Haudricourt adds Gonzalez is not thrilled to be in a backup role, but a .247 career hitter doesn’t have a serious case to complain.