Jean Carlos Enrique Segura
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.
The Angels recalled Segura on July 22, 2012 as insurance in case Erick Aybar landed on the disabled list (or, as some have suggested, to showcase him for a trade). Only five days later, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers along with John Hellweg and Ariel Pena for pitcher Zack Greinke. He had gone 0 for 3 in his sole game for the Angels. He hit .264 in 44 games for the Brewers, playing regularly at shortstop over the last two months of the year. His performance was impressive enough for the Brewers to make him their starter at shortstop.
On April 19, 2013, he was at the center of an extremely strange play in the 8th inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs. He hit an infield single and stole second base. Ryan Braun then drew a walk, but pitcher Shawn Camp picked Segura off second base, getting him in a rundown. Braun took advantage of the play to move to second base, but Segura escaped the pickle and both runners were now on second base. The Cubs tagged both of them, and umpire Phil Cuzzi correctly called Braun out, as Segura was entitled to the bag as the lead runner. However, Segura misunderstood the ruling and began heading back to the dugout, thinking he was out. The first base coach managed to catch his attention and get him to stop at first base. He was allowed to remain at the bag, since, while he had run the bases backwards, he had not done so in order to sew confusion or to make a mockery of the game, but as the result of a genuine mistake, and thus did not run afoul of Rule 7.08 (i). Segura immediately attempted to steal second base again, but was thrown out. He had a great game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 29th, when he hit a two-run homer off Wandy Rodriguez as the second batter in the 1st inning, then later added a triple in a 10-4 rout. Carlos Gomez joined him in hitting both a triple and a homer, and the Brewers were the first team since the San Francisco Giants in 1958 to collect three triples and five homers in a game. On May 28th, he became only the third batter in Brewers history, after Johnny Briggs and Kevin Reimer, to collect 6 hits in a game when he went 6 for 7 in a 14-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins. His fifth hit tied the game in the 9th inning, and improved his batting average to .365, best in the National League at that point. It was the first six-hit game in the majors in four years, Adrian Gonzalez having been the last to do so in 2009. Ironically, the three six-hit games in Brewers history came at exact 20-year intervals, Briggs having accomplished his in 1973, and Reimer in 1993. Segura was named to his first All-Star team that summer as a result of his tremendous first half. However, he returned to more human numbers in the second half. He finished the year at .294 with 20 doubles, 10 triples and 12 homers, 74 runs and 49 RBIs, and also stole 44 bases.
Segura went on bereavement leave on July 12, 2014, the result of the sudden death of his nine-month-old son Janniel in the Dominican Republic; he returned to the team on July 17th, his absence having coincided with the All-Star break. His batting average fell to .246 that season, with 5 homers and 31 RBIs in 146 games as his OPS+ took a dive from 105 to 70. In 2015, his batting average went up slightly, to .257, but his OPS+ did not recover, as it was 68 at the end of the year. In 142 games, he had 16 doubles 5 triples and 6 homers, scored 57 runs and drove in 50. It seemed increasingly like it was his 2013 season that was an aberration. The Brewers decided to move in another direction after the season, as on January 30, 2016, they traded Jean and P Tyler Wagner to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for P Chase Anderson, 2B Aaron Hill and prospect Isan Diaz.
On April 7, 2016, he had an excellent game for the Diamondbacks against the Chicago Cubs. He led off the game with a homer off John Lackey, then in the 2nd, hit a deep drive to left-center. OFs Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber collided, and the ball landed for an inside-the-park homer as Schwarber injured an ankle on the play. He was only the 8th player in history to hit both a lead-off homer and an inside-the park homer in the same game, the last having been Hanley Ramirez in 2006. It turned out to be an outstanding season for Segura, who had moved to 2B with Arizona: in 153 games, he hit .319 with 41 doubles, 7 triples and 20 homers. He led the National League with 637 at-bats and 203 hits and was sixth in total bases at 318. He also stole 33 bases and scored 102 runs. On November 23rd, the D-backs cashed in on this unexpectedly good performance, sending him to the Seattle Mariners alongside OF Mitch Haniger and P Zac Curtis in return for two very talented young players who had not yet established themselves as top-notch regulars in the majors, P Taijuan Walker and SS Ketel Marte. In Seattle, he was expected to move back to shortstop, with Robinson Cano entrenched at second base.
In 2017, Segura hit .300 with 11 homers and 45 RBIs in 125 games, a drop-off from his career year but still a very nice output. He followed that in 2018 by hitting .304 with 10 homers and 63 RBIs, also scoring 90 runs in 144 games. He stole 22 and 20 bases those two seasons, although he was also caught 11 times the second year. The Mariners missed the postseason both years, though and after the 2018 season, management decided to proceed with a fire sale, getting rid of most veterans, including him. On December 3rd, he was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Ps Juan Nicasio and James Pazos in return for J.P. Crawford, 1B Carlos Santana and others.
- 2-time All-Star (2013 & 2018)
- NL At-Bats Leader (2016)
- NL Hits Leader (2016)
- AL Singles Leader (2018)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2016)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2016)
- 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (2016)