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Height/Weight: 5'10", 165
Drafted/Signed: 2007, Dominican Republic
Double-A: .287/.330/.413, 20 XBH (7 HR), 34 RBI, 27 SB, 51 K/15 BB (75 G)
Had Jean Segura not been plagued by injuries off-and-on since 2008, he might already be in the major leagues.
The No. 2 prospect in the Angels' system headed into the season, Segura is an undersized (5'11", 185 lbs.) middle infielder with exciting tools. Thanks to his raw bat speed and compact swing, he will surprise people with the amount of pop in his bat. His quick wrists allow him to sit on offspeed offerings, and he's become increasingly comfortable hitting to all fields.
By the time he settles in at the major league level, the right-handed hitter could flirt with a .300 batting average, as well as 10-15 home runs. With healthy legs, Segura has the potential to be a stolen base threat and should leg out many more extra-base hits. Although he’s always had a high contact rate, Segura could better utilize his speed by drawing more walks—something that he’s done at an eight percent clip in his best seasons.
With enough range to play both middle infield positions for the time being, it's Segura’s plus arm that makes him more attractive as a shortstop. He plays both positions aggressively and has good instincts on the field.
He had a brief but impressive stint at Triple-A in 2009, but has spent the last two seasons bouncing between the Angels’ Rookie and Single-A affiliates.
2012 Season Update
Segura’s first full season at Double-A has been impressive, as he’s proven that he’s more than capable of handling shortstop as well as being a top-of-the-order bat. He easily puts together multi-hit efforts while stealing bases with consistency. His first-half performance garnered Texas League midseason All-Star honors, and he will also be headed to his first Futures Game in July.