- July 19, 2019: Foul ball. Foul ball. Foul ball.
Jean Segura was doing all he could against Kyle Crick with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth. He had fallen behind, 1-2, to begin the at-bat. But after the Phillies came up empty-handed in the same situation in the first inning of the 6-1 win over the Pirates at PNC Park, Segura looked determined to push across a run this time.
“You could feel the intensity in the ballpark rise,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “The fans were getting more and more into it. Segura got more and more locked in. He wasn’t going to quit, and he wasn’t going to fail.”
Segura fouled off nine of the next ten pitches he saw. Then, on the 13th pitch he saw, Segura chopped a ball to first baseman Josh Bell, crouched deep in the infield dirt. The shortstop threw his head down and sprinted to reach first a split second before Crick, who received a relay from Bell, resulting in an RBI infield single to pad the Phillies’ lead.
“He broke right out of the box, never hesitated, smelled a hit, gave us everything he had and beat it out,” Kapler said. “It was a huge play in the game.”
The play was challenged, and Segura had to watch from first as the videoboard at PNC Park showed angle after angle of Crick’s foot and Segura’s foot nearly hitting the bag at the same time. He believed he was safe, but with review, nothing ever feels safe for the players until the review is final.
“Sometimes the play is bang-bang, and it can go different ways,” Segura said. “You don’t know what is going to happen in those review plays, but thank God they gave it in my favor.”
Segura’s at-bat was the second longest by a Phillie this season, behind J.T. Realmuto’s 16-pitch battle with the Marlins’ Caleb Smith that ended in a strikeout. The last time a Phillies player worked an at-bat as long as Segura’s before recording a hit was Rhys Hoskins, who homered on the 14th pitch of an-bat vs. the Nationals on June 29, 2018.
|Birth City:||San Juan, D. R.|
|Draft:||2007 - Angels - Free agent - Out of the D.R.|
In 2007, Segura signed with the Angels via scout Leo Perez, out of the Dominican.
In 2010, Baseball America rated Jean as the 13th-best prospect in the Angels' organization. They moved him up 10 notches, to #3 in the Angels farm system, in the winter before 2011 spring training.
Jean plays the game with a lot of emotion. He is cocky and wears his emotions on his sleeve. He will mature in the way he uses that and tone all of that down some. And Segura has good instincts, a good mind for the game, and those real good tools.
Segura will have to maintain his conditioning so his thick lower half doesn't go south on him.
In 2010, Jean ranked third in the Midwest League in batting (.313) and steals (50).
During the winter before 2013 spring training, Segura played for the Gigantes of the Dominican League. He won the league batting crown after hitting .324/.379/.426 in 35 games. He tied for second in the league with 11 stolen bases.
Jean is confident, even cocky. He is an exciting player. And he works hard at the game.
- May 14, 2013: The Brewers were impressed with Segura's first few weeks of he season.
Said manager Ron Roenicke: "What you see from him this year, he's doing everything right, we didn't see that player (in 2012). This is a great player, this is a guy that I don't want to ever take him out of the lineup. I keep talking about I want to get him a day off and he plays so well I can't take him out, and he doesn't want out. He's one of the best players in the league."
Segura is short with powerful legs. Important to note is that Baseball America forecasted Segura as a possible batting champion with plus-plus speed.
Here's where the Segura story gets interesting. At 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, he looks like a prototypical NFL running back. If you were to pick a position on a baseball diamond for him, you'd probably go with catcher or second base.
He plays with a hop in his step that makes you want to watch his every at-bat.
Former Major League infielder and current MLB Network analyst Billy Ripken said Segura is a "hybrid" when it comes to body type.
On May 29, 2013, Segura was the first Major League player since 2009 to record six hits in a game, all of them singles. At 23, he became the youngest shortstop in baseball history to collect six hits in a game.
Segura's all-out style of play has taken a toll, as have a series of opponents' pitches that have struck Segura on the hands and wrists. (7/07/13)
- 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, 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 was out and began to head back to the Brewers' dugout (which happened to be on the first-base side of the field), until the 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.
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. 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," 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.
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.
July 11, 2014: Segura's 9-month-old son died in his native Dominican Republic.
A week later, he was back where he felt he was supposed to be, where he felt he needed to be. Surrounded by teammates during early batting practice at Nationals Park, the 24-year-old stood in the sunshine with a bat in his hand and a big smile on his face.
"It's awesome," Segura said. "You come here to the locker room, they hug you. I feel like they are my family, too. I feel pretty good. They make me feel strong, like, 'Wow, those guys care about me, too.'"
Said Carlos Gomez: "I told him, 'Remember you have a friend. Whatever you need, I'm available any time.' That's it. I didn't ask him what happened. Nothing like that."
"You know what?" Jonathan Lucroy said. "All of us have been playing this game since we were little kids. For me, this is all I know. [Speaking] personally, for myself. I know him, and this is probably all he knows, too. So this is all a distraction from 'real life'—playing baseball."
Segura certainly appreciated the well wishes from his teammates. He was asked how he got through this tough time?
"God," he said. "God helped me to get through this. My family, my friends, my teammates, the organization. This is something I can't control. I just pray to God to get me through the right way. Whatever he gives to us is the best way in life."
"We told him if there's every a time where he needs a day off or whatever [to ask for it]," Melvin said. "Sometimes you rush back. But he was very adamant in saying, 'I'm ready.'" (Adam McCalvy MLB.com, 7/18/2014)
Segura married a Venezuelan girl named Kellen soon after the 2014 season, and the couple welcomed a son, Juan Diego, who was born in Milwaukee in October.
"I'm trying to forget about what happened last year," Jean Segura said. "This game is so mental. No doubt about it. You can have the best ability in the world, but if you're not mentally right, you're not going to have success.
"I'm never going to forget my son," Segura said, "but God gave me another one." (McCalvy - mlb.com - 2/24/15)
May 15, 2015: Brewers shortstop Segura strongly voiced displeasure about being placed on the disabled list with a fractured right pinkie finger, according to manager Craig Counsell, who welcomed the pair's frank conversation on the matter.The Brewers made the roster move after an X-ray revealed a fracture within the joint of Segura's finger. Segura told club officials he believes he can play through the pain, but doing so would risk a more serious break that could require surgery and a lengthy absence. "I understand his position and I'm glad he voiced it strongly," Counsell said. "It makes you like, 'This is a guy we want here.' But it's just too dangerous for him to play."
Segura traveled with the team and was wearing a padded cover on the fractured finger. He had hoped that such protective measures might allow him to continue playing in spite of the break. "Maybe use something for sliding or whatever so I can keep playing my game," Segura said. "But they make that decision, and I have to take it. I don't have any choice. Segura endured a painful start to the 2015 season.
Before he fractured his finger sliding into third base on the Brewers' last homestand, he twice was hit in the head by pitches. "Look, when there's a broken bone and a player says, 'I don't care. I'm still playing' . . . and he's serious. This isn't, like, eyewash stuff. He's serious," Counsell said. "It meant something to him. That means something to me. I know that, and it means something to everyone in there [in the clubhouse]. It just does." He's been hit in the head twice this year and he's missed one game. You don't have to say any more. I guess maybe I should have expected [the tough discussion about the D.L.] a little bit. It's what you come to expect from him almost, that he's going to go out there. You have to battle to take him out of there." (A McCalvy - MLB.com - May 15, 2015)
March 2, 2017: Segura, one of the Mariners' key offseason acquisitions, joined a large group of Seattle players competing in the World Baseball Classic, as he's been chosen to replace Hanley Ramirez on the Dominican Republic's roster.
Dec. 2017: Segura said he was assaulted and robbed by police in his native Dominican Republic in a Thursday Instagram post. Segura said armed police officers "hit him and threw him to the ground before taking his belongings and crashing into his vehicle."
The Dominican Republic National Police announced it appointed a commission to investigate the case. A reporter pointed out Segura "appears" to be fine after the attack and described the practice as "part of a wider trend of corruption surrounding the department in recent years, including the former chief being sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing millions of dollars in cocaine that was seized during drug raids." (Scott Polacek)
July 2018 : The results of the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote are in and Segura is going to the All-Star Game.With the results announced on MLB Network, Segura of the Mariners will head to Washington, D.C., for the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday after emerging as the winners of the fan-voted contest.Aguilar joins the National League All-Star team after receiving 20,229,498 votes, and Segura joins the American League team after receiving 13,646,439 votes.
Dec 3, 2018: Jean Segura and Robinson Cano have one of baseball's best friendships. For all the instant reactions, transaction analysis and discussion over prospects and payrolls, there is one thing everyone forgot to talk about: Friendship. That's literally at the heart of these deals as Segura's best friend in baseball is Canó. They are so close, in fact, that some joked and/or actually believed that Canó had to be traded first frm the Mariners, otherwise Segura would have invoked his no-trade clause. And why not? A work friend is the one of the most important pieces of a happy work-life balance.
Segura created his own memes of the two of them. He couldn't help but show off the Mariners magazine cover that got it right. The translated text says "I will never stop thanking you" -- which is one of the sweetest things one could say to a friend. They can be playful, like young children. Like the best of friends, they even dress the same.
However, the bond between these two friends is much deeper than a mere appreciation for each other's sense of humor or a shared interest. When Segura lost his young son in 2014, he reached out to Canó to help him through the tough time. That's the kind of bond that can never be broken and is the kind of friendship that is often rare in this world. So, when Canó returned from his PED suspension last year, Segura was right there with a friendly word:
Lydia Cruz translated his statement as. "In life, you are thankful when a person helps from the heart, without malice, much less without expecting anything in return. Throughout my life, my family & I will always be grateful to you. "I give thanks to God for putting you in my way and making me a better player and much better person. I'll never forget you held out your hand when I needed it most and today thanks to God, Im a man with a beautiful family and my children will never go through what their father did."
Fortunately for the duo, they're about as geographically close without playing on the same team. New York and Philadelphia is a short two-and-a-half-hour train trip, so we assume we'll see the two of them chomping on cheesesteaks or hanging out in New York complaining about the subway. (M Clair - MLB.com - Dec 3, 2018)
2007: At age 16, Segura signed as a free agent with the Angels via scout Leo Perez.
July 27, 2012: The Brewers sent Zack Greinke to the Angels, acquiring Segura and Double-A pitchers Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena.
January 15, 2016: The Brewers and Segura avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $2.6 million.
January 30, 2016: The Diamondbacks acquired SS Jean Segura and RHP Tyler Wagner from the Brewers; sending RHP Chase Anderson, INF Aaron Hill, SS Isan Diaz, and cash to Milwaukee.
Nov 23, 2016: The Diamondbacks traded Segura, Mitch Haniger, and LHP Zac Curtis to the Mariners; acquiring in return SS Ketel Marte and RHP Taijuan Walker.
Jan 13, 2017: Segura and the Mariners avoided salary arbitration by signing a one-year contract worth $6.2 million.
June 7, 2017: The Mariners announced a five-year contract extension for Segura, through 2022. MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reports the deal will pay Segura $70 million over the five years. The contract also includes a club option for 2023 at $17 million, as well as a no-trade clause.
- Dec 3, 2018: The Mariners traded SS Jean Segura, RHP Juan Nicasio, and LHP James Pazos to the Phillies for 1B Carlos Santana and SS J.P. Crawford.
Segura is an electric player with a quick righthanded swing—short to the ball, making very good, frequently hard contact. He hits line drives all over the ballpark. There is impact in his bat.
He has such a great feel for hitting that he may have a batting title one day. Hitting seems easy for Jean. He hits both fastballs and breaking pitches. He has a real knack for putting the barrel of the bat on the ball.
Jean has some power from exceptional bat speed. He has a compact, slashing approach that produces lots of line drives to all parts of the park.
Segura has a quick stroke, strong hands and the ability to use the whole field. The ball jumps off his bat and he could hit 10-20 homers per season. His plate discipline still needs work, but he goes to the plate with a plan and shows an ability to make adjustments.
He stays inside the ball well and can lace hits to the opposite field, or he can turn on pitches and do some damage if pitchers challenge him inside. He makes consistent contact and gets on base.
Segura has the speed to stretch singles into doubles.
- Segura's improvement in 2012 came after diligent work with Brewers minor league hitting coach Johnny Narron, who left him alone for a few weeks until he settled in.
“He’s a strong, young man. Timing is very important,” Narron said. “I’m getting him to use his lower half. He’s got strong legs. Once you can stay back and utilize that timing correctly, you can also use your lower half better."
May 28, 2013: Jean Segura was the first Major League player since 2009 to record six singles in a game.
As Segura struggled through 2014, his second full season in the Major Leagues, the Brewers decided to send him home with an offseason homework assignment. Some in the organization believe that a fundamental change to his hitting mechanics could help restore the offensive production that sent Segura to the 2013 All-Star Game.
"Most guys don't hit the way he does," manager Ron Roenicke explained earlier this month. "He's spread out. He's balanced 50-50, which most hitters are not; they always have a little weight back. They always gather and go back; he doesn't. He's got real quick hands and he tries to hit that way."
Segura, who taught himself to hit in the Dominican Republic and characterized the 2014 season as his first prolonged slump, has always swung that way. His feet remain planted, unlike many hitters who lift their front leg as a balance and timing mechanism when they begin to swing. Instead of generating power with his lower body, Segura's comes from his hands.
"There's some things, mechanically," Roenicke said, "that I think we can do with him to make him more consistent." The Brewers believe Segura is best served by waiting until the offseason to make more significant adjustments, though it has yet to be determined whether he will play winter ball. The previous year, Milwaukee blocked Segura from participating, believing he needed an offseason of rest.
Brewers officials are sensitive to the fact that he was confronted with personal tragedy just before the All-Star break, when Segura's infant son passed away suddenly in the Dominican Republic. Segura rejoined the team on July 18 and told Roenicke and Brewers general manager Doug Melvin that he wanted to play regularly.
If Segura plays consistent defense, Roenicke has argued, it helps offset his inconsistent offense. "I talked to him, and he knows he has some good at-bats, but he just can't figure out why he can't consistently do that," Roenicke said. "He'll have a good one, and then the next one will be just like he's lost. Then later, he'll maybe have a good at-bat again. That's what's been frustrating with him, the inconsistency.
"We've seen the flashes of where he is, and whether it's his not having the confidence to do what he did at the beginning of 2013, whether it's the pitchers making adjustments to him; infielders, I know, have made adjustments, they're playing him shallower because he beats out so many infield hits. It's probably a combination of everything. Lately, we know the off-the-field issues are tough for him. There's a lot going on."
Segura acknowledged as much. "I think it's mental," he said. "I've seen my videos. I don't think anything is 'backward' or wrong. I think it's just swinging at strikes; swinging at pitches I'm supposed to swing at. I've been hitting the ball hard, but they never fall." (McCalvy - mlb.com - 8/28/14)
2016 Improvement: Jean Segura’s swing changes allowed him to become a complete hitter
More walks, fewer strikeouts, and way more power. He was a completely different player. What changed — besides the results — was identifiable early in the season. In April, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal wrote about Segura’s swing changes for 2016. Namely, he had lowered his hands. In that piece, Segura was quoted as saying, “Now with my hands lower, I don’t have to go down and then go up to hit the ball. I go directly to the ball.”
In 2015, he was wasting a lot of extra motion to begin his swing, which was preventing him from driving through the baseball. In 2016, that swing path was far more fluid, and as a result, he made better, harder contact. Of course, the less motion in your swing, the more time you have to make a decision on whether to pull the trigger.
That extra split second not only allowed Segura to hit for more power, it allowed him to thrive against essentially any pitch thrown his way. In 2016, Segura was one of just 26 qualified players with a positive linear weighted value against fastballs, curveballs, sliders, and changeups. That put him in the company of guys like Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Josh Donaldson.
Linear weights aren’t a perfect evaluation of a hitter’s ability to hit a certain pitch because they’re so dependent on sequencing, but it’s an impressive feat nonetheless. With the small-sample exception of Segura’s 2015 performance against curveballs, he was much better against any pitch type he saw, and a definite sign of real progress.
If nobody expected you to be good and then you had a great season, that seems like the definition of a breakout.Regardless of what you deem it, as it would be for any player coming off a big one-year jump in performance, the question is whether Segura can sustain the level of play we saw in 2016 in 2017. Is this the player he is now, or should we expect heavy regression?
The answer to a question like that should always be “somewhere in between.” Outside of Trout, Kershaw, and a select few other superstars, we shouldn’t expect anyone to be a five- or six-win player, as Segura was in 2016. No projection system can specifically account for a hitter’s swing change, so if you wanted to be a bit more bullish on that, it would be understandable.2017 will bring the challenge of not just maintaining the level of performance, but of adjusting to another new environment, as Segura was traded once again in November, this time to the Seattle Mariners. In addition to changing addresses, he’ll also be moving back to shortstop to play alongside Robinson Cano.
Going from Chase Field to Safeco Field will surely hurt Segura’s counting stats a bit. Seattle is not a very good place to hit overall, though it allows more home runs than its reputation would lead you to believe.As long as an offseason away doesn’t hinder Segura’s ability to maintain his new swing mechanics, this improvement should be sustainable, even if the results aren’t as good as they would have been in the desert. The Mariners acquired him with the clear purpose of making the playoffs. And a 2016 Jean Segura might well have put the team over the edge. Will the 2017 version? (Joe Clarkin - Beyond the Box Score - 2017)
2018 season: Segura brought a rare blend of speed, defense and the ability to hit for average to the Mariners in 2018. He was 1 of 6 players to hit at least .300 while stealing at least 20 bases this season, joining Mookie Betts, Lorenzo Cain, Whit Merrifield, Mike Trout, and Christian Yelich.
And Segura played strong defense at one of the most demanding positions on the field, ranking 4th among AL shortstops with 5 defensive runs saved (Fangraphs).
Segura was once again among the top hitters in the AL, ranking 6th in the league with 178 hits, 7th with a batting average of .304, and 13th with 91 runs scored. His final tallies in batting, hits, and runs scored were all second-best in his career. The Dominican Republic native also led the Majors with 20 games of 3+ hits and was tied for 13th in MLB with 52 multi-hit games.
As of the start of the 2019 season, Jean's career Major League stats were: .287 batting average, 64 home runs with 316 RBI in 3,559 at-bats.
- Jean is a very impressive, highly athletic second baseman. His glovework is very good for what he gets to. And he has enough range for shortstop, sure hands and a strong arm to make plays in the hole.
In 2010, Segura's range and defense at second base was so impressive to the Angels that they moved him to shortstop in 2011. He has a strong arm and the soft hands people like to see in a shortstop.
He has short, quick movements at short and has been better than expected there.
Segura has plenty of arm strength for shortstop. His range is about Major League average. He moves well, he's quick laterally, and he's got plenty of arm strength. He's a real "toolsy" player.
Jean, who is said to have the arm for third, isn't worried what position he's playing, as long as he's healthy and on the field.
"I don't care what position I play," Segura said. "My plan and my dream is to be in the Majors. I don't know how, I don't know where, but I want to go there."
- In 2017 with the Mariners, Segura played shortstop all season.
- Jean is a very good runner with powerful legs. He steals bases, using an advanced approach.
- Segura is a nightmare for pitchers when he’s on the bases.
- He has good speed and solid instincts on the bases.
- In 2013, he stole 44 bases for the Brewers. He has slowed down some since then, but is still good for 20 steals a year. (2017)
2008: Segura's debut in the United States was marred by an infield collision that resulted in a broken ankle and a pin being inserted in the bone.
August 5, 2009: Jean's season ended a month early when he broke a finger sliding head-first into second base.
May 10-20, 2011: Segura was on the D.L. with a strained left hamstring.
May 28-August 30, 2011: Jean was back on the D.L. with a torn left hamstring.
February, 2012: Segura was fitted with a special insole on one of his cleats to help balance him out and be a remedy for his nagging hamstring issues.
May 17, 2012: Jean was facing Springfield Cardinals reliever Jorge Rondon when he took a pitch to the head. The fastball came in on Segura, ricocheted off his helmet and struck the press box more than 50 feet above home plate. "It scared me a lot," Segura said
Thankfully Segura was speaking lucidly by the time manager Mike Micucci and trainer Mike Metcalfe reached him. His day was done, but he was back in the lineup the next day.
May 13-28, 2015: Segura was placed on the D.L. with a fractured right pinkie.
May 23, 2016: Jean was hit in the head by the Pirates' Arquimedes Caminero, sending Segura to a local hospital with concussion symptoms.
April 11-25, 2017: The Mariners placed Segura on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
June 2-21, 2017: Jean was on the DL with right high ankle sprain.
April 17, 2019: Phillies shortstop Jean Segura was out of the starting lineup and is expected to miss at least a couple additional games after leaving the 14-3 win over the Mets with left hamstring tightness.
April 17-27, 2019: Jean was on the IL with left hamstring strain.