Jean Segura: Should Brewers SS Start 2013 in the Minors?

Justin Schultz@@JSchu23Correspondent ISeptember 17, 2012

Jean Segura, the prized prospect of the Zack Greinke trade, has endured a rough start to his major league career. But at 22 years old, the young shortstop has more than enough time to improve his raw skills.

But should he work on his swing down in the minors where statistics are less important, or should he attempt to improve while being Milwaukee's starting shortstop?

I'm sure Brewers fans would not like to see their top prospect spend another year in the minors. After 2011's success, Milwaukee's fan base is in a win-now mindset. No more waiting around. They want the player they got for their beloved Greinke to be out there every day, proving he was worth the trade.

However, if the Brewers decide to give Segura another year to develop and hone his skills down in the minors, they will almost surely re-sign Alex Gonzalez who is destined to be a free agent.. Gonzalez is still a top-notch defender and is a trustworthy option at the plate. He would prove to be a solid fill-in before the young blood takes over.

Jeff Bianchi has given the Brewers cause to keep him on the roster for 2013. Bianchi, whom the Brewers acquired through waivers from the Chicago Cubs, has shown he has potential with his bat.

After failing to record a hit in his first 13 major league at-bats, the 25-year-old has posted .182 average, with three home runs and eight RBI. His average is low, but his power and defensive arsenal has been a nice surprise.

As of September 15, Segura has a .226 average. He is, however, improving. In August, the potential phenom hit an abysmal .209. So far in September, Segura has batted .309. Maybe he's starting to figure it out.

His on-base percentage (.277) is something the young man must improve. In 90 at-bats for the Crew, Segura has managed to walk only seven times. Spending another year in the minors would do wonders for his patience and eye at the plate.

I am an advocate for putting Segura in Triple-A to start the 2013 season. He can become more of an all-around player without worrying about his statistics. And don't forget, the Brewers can promote him whenever they like.

It's better for Segura's and Milwaukee's future if he opens the season in the minor leagues. But do owner Mark Attanasio and GM Doug Melvin know that?

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