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May 15, 2013

What You Need to Know

The Best Brew in Town

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
Another day, another clip for the highlight reel from Jean Segura—or, so it seems these days in Milwaukee, where the young shortstop is routinely stealing the show.

The Brewers are 16-21, and their extra-inning loss to the Pirates on Tuesday was their eighth defeat in 10 games. With the Cardinals already 8 ½ games up in the National League Central, the Brew Crew’s long odds are growing longer with every loss, and the team’s front office is eagerly looking ahead to future years.

Yet, despite their recent malaise, the Brewers still field the two current frontrunners for the senior-circuit batting title. Carlos Gomez, who in March inked a team-friendly three-year, $24 million extension, leads the National League at .368 and is likely to remain a Brewer through the 2016 season. Segura, whose 1-for-6 outing last night lowered his average to .358, is second, and general manager Doug Melvin would love nothing more than to lock him up, too.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Melvin began exploring the possibility of an extension for Segura back in April, but made little progress in those initial talks with the shortstop’s agent, Joe Klein. Segura, whom Mark Anderson ranked as the top 25-and-under talent in the organization this past offseason, is in his first full season, so arbitration is a long way off, and Klein is in no hurry to settle. The San Juan native’s torrid start has only increased Klein’s leverage.

Segura’s 1-for-6 effort in the 4-3 loss to the Pirates snapped a string of four consecutive multi-hit games, but even on a relatively disappointing night, he slugged his seventh home run. That alone would be enough to set Segura apart, considering that Troy Tulowitzki is the only shortstop who can boast a greater long-ball total, but it’s merely the tip of the iceberg for the five-star prospect, who rivaled Mike Trout in Kevin Goldstein’s look at the Angels system in 2011.

In addition to his unexpectedly impressive power, Segura has stolen 13 bases in 15 tries, showcasing speed to go with his pop and hitting ability. Toss in solid defensive fundamentals and the range and athleticism to handle shortstop, and you’ve got an exceptionally well-rounded player—a hard-to-find talent in the middle infield, from which Segura has already chipped in 2.1 WARP to the Brewers’ cause.

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