Jean Segura

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Jean Segura
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Segura playing with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 9
Shortstop
Born: (1990-03-17) March 17, 1990 (age 24)
San Juan, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 24, 2012 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Career statistics
(through August 5, 2014)
Batting average .269
Home runs 16
Runs batted in 89
Stolen bases 67
Hits 303
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jean Carlos Enrique Segura (/ˈɒn/ JAHN; born March 17, 1990) is a Dominican professional baseball infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on July 24, 2012, with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After playing in one game for the Angels, they traded him to the Brewers for Zack Greinke.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Segura signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2007.[1] He made his professional debut with the Dominican Summer Angels of the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League that year.[2] He played for the Arizona Angels of the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2008. He played for the Orem Owlz of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, and also played in five games for the Salt Lake Bees of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. His season was limited by a broken finger.[3] He had a 22 game hitting streak with the Owlz, falling one short of the franchise record.[4]

Segura batting in 2013

In 2010, Segura played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Class A Midwest League, where he had a standout year, as he hit 10 home runs and 24 doubles, while recording 79 runs batted in (RBIs).[2][5] He was promoted to the Inland Empire 66ers of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2011,[2] but missed a significant portion of the season after suffering a torn hamstring.[1]

Segura was added to the Angels 40 man roster on November 18, 2011.[6] He played for the Arkansas Travelers of the Class AA Texas League in 2012. After batting .287 with 25 stolen bases in his the first 69 games of the season, he was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[1]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Segura made his debut in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Angels on July 24, 2012. After playing in only one game for the Angels, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers along with John Hellweg and Ariel Peña for Zack Greinke on July 27, 2012.[7][8] The Brewers assigned him to the Huntsville Stars of the Class AA Southern League, and promoted him on August 6 after he batted 13-for-30 in eight games with the club. He batted .264 with seven stolen bases and 14 RBIs with the Brewers.[9]

In the offseason, Segura played in the Dominican Winter League, and won the league's batting title.[10] He was named the Brewers' Opening Day shortstop in 2013.[9] He was named a National League reserve for the 2013 MLB All Star Game. He finished the year hitting .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases.

On July 12, 2014, Segura was placed on the bereavement list after the death of his nine-month old son.[11]

"Stealing first base"[edit]

In the eighth inning of a game on April 19, 2013, Segura stole second base, and then "stole" first base, then was thrown out trying to again steal second base.

After Segura singled and stole second, and Ryan Braun walked,[12] Segura and Braun attempted a double steal. However, Segura retreated to second after the pitcher threw to third base instead of pitching. With both Segura and Braun standing on second base, both were tagged, and by baseball's rules it was Braun who was out. However, Segura thought that he himself was out and began to head back to the Brewers' dugout (which happened to be on the first-base side of the field), until first base coach Garth Iorg instructed Segura to stand on first base, where he was ruled safe. Two pitches later, Segura was caught stealing second base.[13]

The play resulted in much confusion regarding whether or not Segura should have been allowed to retreat to first base after he had legitimately occupied second base.[14] The umpires allowed it under a rule that specifies only that a player may not retreat if the intent is to "confuse the defense or make a travesty of the game,"[15] as Segura was doing no such thing but was simply confused. MLB later declared that the ruling on the field was wrong, as a rule forbidding a player from reaching a base after "abandoning the effort" at baserunning should have superseded the rule invoked when calling him safe, and that Segura should have been called out at first base.[16]

Because the usual methods of reporting baseball play-by-play do not allow for a runner on second to retreat to first base, some records of the game indicate that Segura remained on second and was thrown out trying to steal third base, though this is not what occurred.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Segura's path to Futures Game isn't blocked | angels.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  2. ^ a b c Martinez, Chris (2011-04-27). "Cal notes: 66ers' Segura off to fast start | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  3. ^ By John Torenli / Special to MLB.com (2009-08-21). "Article | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  4. ^ Scherting, Mike (2012-07-31). "Article | Pioneer League News". MLB.com. Milb.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  5. ^ Miller, Sam (September 3, 2010). "Angels minors: Jean Segura having breakout year: The Owlz and Bees continue pushing for playoff spot". The Orange County Register. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Angels set 40-man roster". Angels.ocregister.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  7. ^ Rosiak, Todd (2013-03-29). "Season preview - Brewers believe Jean Segura will have long stay at short". Jsonline.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  8. ^ Hoffman, Mark (27 July 2012). "Brewers trade Zach Greinke for 3 Angels Prospects". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Brewers’ Jean Segura looks to be a hit at shortstop : Sports". Host.madison.com. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  10. ^ Haudricourt, Tom. "Segura wins Dominican batting title". JSOnline. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  11. ^ Jean Segura leaves Brewers
  12. ^ April 19, 2013 Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers Box Score and Play-by-Play, Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ a b "Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's bizarre baserunning play still under debate | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  14. ^ "New twist to Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's baserunning madness - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  15. ^ "Official Rules: 7.09 The Runner: 7.0". MLB.com. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  16. ^ Stark, Jayson (April 25, 2013). "Jean Segura should've been called out". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 

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