Jean Segura became the first Milwaukee Brewers shortstop since J.J. Hardy in 2007 to make an All-Star Game and goes into Saturday’s game against the New York Mets tied for the major-league lead in triples and tied for the National League lead in stolen bases.
Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via Twitter, the Brewers want to lock up the 23-year-old shortstop for the long haul.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) September 28, 2013
Segura will return to the lineup on Saturday against the Mets after missing more than a week with a strained left hamstring. He hasn’t played since Sept. 18, when he tweaked his hammy scoring a first-inning run in a win over the Chicago Cubs.
Segura is hitting .296/.331/.426 this season in 619 plate appearances and is tied with teammate Carlos Gomez, Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees, Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Denard Span of the Washington Nationals with 10 triples to lead the major leagues.
Eric Young Jr. of the New York Mets and Segura each have 44 stolen bases and share the National League lead, which could make the final two games of the season between the two teams interesting.
General manager Doug Melvin also said Friday that he and Segura have talked and the All-Star will skip the Dominican Winter League this year. He won the batting title in that league last year, but has only had about 75 days off since February 2012 and the Brewers would like him to rest and recover this winter.
“They’re looking at the future and it’s better for me,” Segura told MLB.com. “I have some people over there who want to watch me play, they want to see me on TV. I love playing over there.”
One possible concern with Segura is his first and second half splits. Since the All-Star break, Segura has hit just .245/.273/.321 with one homer and 13 RBI in 222 plate appearances. That comes after a sterling first half during which Segura hit .325/.363/.487 in 397 plate appearances with 11 homers and 36 RBI.
But a lot of the decline could be related to playing so much baseball over the last year-plus.
In any event, locking up a speedy shortstop with range and a strong throwing arm who has shown a lot of potential at the plate can’t be a bad idea for the Brewers, who appear to have a strong foundation set up the middle with catcher Jonathan Lucroy, second baseman Scooter Gennett, Segura and center fielder Gomez.
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