Jean Segura made his not long awaited debut as a Milwaukee Brewer last night and the results were.. there.
Which is okay. We don't need Jean Segura to come up and hit 50 homeruns this season because 2012 does not matter anymore. 2013 is where it's at and finding out if Jean Segura is our SSOTF (shortstop of the future) is what the Brewers should be spending the rest of the season doing. The Brewers have somehow gotten less production out of the shortstop position this season than they did last year with Yuniesky Betancourt. That doesn't even seem like something that should be possible, but it's true. Improving this position and finding our SSOTF is something that was important to Doug when trading Zack Greinke and hopefully Jean Segura is it. (If not? Yuni is always available.)
Personally? I'm pumped. Scouts see Jean Segura as a second baseman long term, but Segura has other ideas saying "The scouting report always has got something to say. I'm just here to play my game, wherever they put me. I love (playing shortstop). Not too many guys can play shortstop." I like that. It reminds me of the time my guidance counselor told me she thought I would make a "fine Greyhound driver one day." I sure showed her. The difference between Jean Segura: shortstop and Jean Segura: second baseman is a huge one so I really hope that he is able to stick with the position and make it work. The Brewers would be set for a long, long time if that were the case. But, like, no pressure or anything dude. Just go out there and play baseball. Do your best. I believe in you.
Now I realize that I am talking about Jean Segura as if I know everything about him. I don't, but I think I know more than most based on the fact that I read roughly 50o stories about him after the trade and for those of you who aren't crazily obsessed I have created a little FAQ for you.
Who is Jean Segura?
Hopefully he's our SSOTF. He bats and throws right handed. He's from San Juan in the Dominican Republic where he was signed by the Angels as an amateur free agent. He is 22 which means that he was born in 1990 which is basically the worst thing to ever happen to me.
Do you know how old this makes me? Do you realize that this means that I will never be a major league baseball player now? Not that I ever could have been, but still. The idea of it happening is now dead. People born in the 90s are now playing major league baseball. He probably doesn't even remember Operation Desert Storm. He's probably never seen Pee Wee's Big Adventure. The Power Rangers of his youth didn't include Jason or Kimberly (what up girl I seen your nude pics on the internet) and was probably like Power Rangers Turbo Alpha or something. This makes me feel so old. I mean, it's one thing to date a girl who is 22. That is not only okay, but completely encouraged and something I do all the time. But to have your Brewers be 22? I CAN'T HANDLE IT. I AM SO OLD. I FOUND A GRAY HAIR THE OTHER DAY. I AM PROBABLY GOING TO DIE SOON AND WHEN I DIE THEY WILL PLAY HOOTIE AT THE FUNERAL AND ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE WILL WONDER WHY DARIUS RUCKER ISN'T SINGING COUNTRY.
How does Jean Segura project?
As I said before many scouts see him as a 2B long term, but only time will tell on that one. If he can play an average SS his bat will make him one of the best shortstops in the league. Baseball America says that he has "premium tools" which should make the ladies of Milwaukee happy. (Hey-yo!) He's got good speed that could see him stealing 40 bases a season and is expected to hit for a good average. He can bunt well and do the hit-and-run so he's already Ron Roenicke's favorite player. He's expected to develop some power that he might be able to turn into some 20 HR seasons. He could be a lesser version of Hanley Ramirez. He could be Jose Reyes. He should be awesome. This is exciting stuff.
If he's expected to move back to 2B does that mean he will suck at shortstop?
He has the speed and arm strength to be a good shortstop which is why the Angels moved him there, but he's only played like 120 some games at the position so some growing pains should be expected. He won't be as good as Izturis was, but he does have the ability to move to both his left and his right so he'll be better than Yuni was.
How do you say his name?
I will buy 50 Jean Segura shirseys if he comes out to this song by the way. Start it right before the "sometimes I feel like" part and I will die.
Anything to worry about?
He is kind of injury prone. This is his fifth year in America and only the second season he hasn't missed time. The fact that he is as good as he is despite missing large chunks of 2009 and 2011 should be seen as encouraging though.
Also, I'm kind of worried about a super volcano.
Jean Segura is probably going to be"okay" at first, but he will continually get better and better for the next several years. Just because someone is a superstar prospect doesn't mean they will be awesome right away. Look at Alcides Escobar. He was just okay when he was a Brewer, but now he's hitting .300 and with his defense that makes him one of the best shortstops in the league. Not everyone kills it right away. Not everyone is Ryan Braun. Jean Segura should be okay and then he should be good and hopefully after that he is great. It's going to be fun to watch him and I can't wait to see what he becomes.
(I really hope it's the old Hanley Ramirez.)