The Diamondbacks acquired Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner from the Brewers this January in exchange for Chase Anderson, Aaron Hill and Isan Diaz. Arizona was criticized by some for giving up too much for a player who has not posted an on-base percentage over .300 in two years.
But two exhibition games into Segura’s Diamondbacks career, it looks as though Dave Stewart has been vindicated.
Segura has gone 5-for-6 in his first two spring training games with a home run– good for a .833/.833/1.333 line. This is slightly better than his .257/.281/.336 line last season. Segura has been the team’s most impressive hitter by far during the team’s first four spring training games, which– unfortunately– mean nothing.
This is good news for Segura, who is currently competing with incumbents Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings for a starting spot in the middle infield. He seems to have the inside edge on his competition given the price the Diamondbacks paid for him, although he will need to have a solid spring to guaruntee a spot in the on Opening Day lineup.
This sample size is, obviously, way too small to conclude anything substantive from. But Segura could benefit from a change of scenery. He has potential, as evidenced by his 2013 All-Star campaign. He was once the cornerstone prospect the Brewers acquired in exchange for Zack Greinke. At just 25 years old, there is plenty of time for Segura to get his career on the right track, and these two games could be a sign that that might happen.