When you were a kid, one of the key questions you faced when you got back to school in the fall was about how you spent your summer vacation. Since baseball players are at work in the summer, the key question for them can be how did they spend the winter vacation.
Luckily for the Milwaukee Brewers, and fantasy owners, Jean Segura had a very productive winter.
Segura, the key prospect the Brew Crew got back in the Zach Greinke trade with the Angels a few years back, spent his winter practicing his craft in the Dominican Winter League. He was quite impressive there, leading the league in hitting with a .324 average and also knocking in 21 runs and stealing 11 bases in 35 games. He has said playing in the Dominican this past winter helped prepare him to make the jump to the majors, as there were pitchers there throwing in the mid- to late-90s who could prepare him for the difference between a Double- or Triple-A hurler and a bona fide major leaguer.
The shortstop has translated that success in the winter into a hot spring, seeing him hit a team-best .367. That continued on when the Brewers kicked off their regular season, with Segura hitting .358 with 3 home runs, 10 RBIs and 8 stolen bases, which is good for a tie for second in the Majors. He had a hit in 15 of his first 19 games and has risen through the order all the way to the No. 2 spot, which should see him get plenty of protection with Ryan Braun lurking behind him.
All this has translated into his ownership rate rising to 79 percent in Yahoo! leagues, but if he is out there for the taking go pick him up while you still can. He may hit the wall at some point in the season as all young players do, but he seems equipped to recover from that dry spell and will still provide you with decent spend and runs scored should he remain high in the Milwaukee order.