Jean Segura is one of the best stories in Major League Baseball this year. He only appeared in 45 games last season and was admittedly very mediocre.
He hit .258 with no home runs, 14 RBI and seven stolen bases. Obviously, that is not terrible for a 22-year-old rookie, but it is not exactly mind blowing either.
This season, he has broken out in a major way.
Through 40 games, he is hitting .361 with seven home runs, 20 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He is on pace for a pretty ridiculous season if he can keep it up.
That is really the question. Is Jean Segura for real? How well does he matchup with his peers?
Here is how I’m going to try to evaluate that.
In baseball as you all know, there are five main tools that matter for position players. You need to be able to hit for average, hit for power, field, throw and run. I am going to try to rank the top 10 shortstops in each of these areas although I am going to put fielding and throwing together. I realize that they are entirely different skills, but they often complement each other.
Ideally, that would be able to help all of us get some idea of where Jean Segura stacks up against other MLB shortstops.