Entering 2016, Jean Segura was being labeled a disappointment after being traded by Milwaukee in the offseason following poor showings in 2014 and 2015. He proceeded to set career highs in nearly every major offensive category in his first season with Arizona, and he was one of just four players to record at least 30 steals and 20 home runs (Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Altuve and Mike Trout were the others). He was aided by a career-high .355 BABIP (he was under .300 the previous two seasons), so some regression to his .319 batting average is inevitable. Nobody is expecting a repeat of his 2016 performance, especially after he was dealt to the Mariners this offseason, as he will be in a much worse park and will have to deal with a league switch. Some owners will fade him entirely, so while he will cost a lot more to obtain in 2017, the price tag won't come close to reflecting what he did last season.
Segura went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 9-8 Cactus League loss to the Angels. In what was his second game back from the World Baseball Classic, Segura got a hold of a Kirby Yates breaking ball in the sixth and launched it over the left-field fence to open the Mariners' scoring on the day. Factoring in Wednesday's production, the hot-hitting offseason acquisition is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with two doubles, two homers, six RBI, a walk and five runs this spring.
Segura is expected back in Mariners camp from the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, Doug Miller of MLB.com reports. Segura enjoyed an excellent WBC for Team Dominican Republic, hitting .364 (4-for-11) with two doubles, three RBI and a stolen base. Considering he received considerably fewer tournament at-bats than teammates Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano, manager Scott Servais is considering inserting Segura right back into spring action as soon as Tuesday night's Cactus League matchup against the A's.
Segura will replace Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) on the Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic roster, according to Dominican general manager Moises Alou, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports. Ramirez's absence will be a precaution heading into the season. Segura, meanwhile, will have less time in camp to work with his new Mariners club, but he gives the Dominican squad a more versatile infielder than Han-Ram. It's an unexpected disruption to Segura's first spring with Seattle, though the leadoff candidate remains a sensible starting shortstop or second baseman for any eligible fantasy owner.
Segura went 3-for-3 with a single, RBI double and two-run home run in Monday's 14-3 rain-shortened Cactus League loss to the Royals. Segura has been outstanding over his first two games, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles. one homer, three RBI and two runs. The prospect of a locked-in Segura hitting ahead of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager is sure to give opposing pitchers plenty of apprehension this coming season, and the offseason acquisition looks primed for even better production than his superb 2016 campaign in Arizona with his spring performances thus far.
Segura went 1-for-2 with a double and run scored in Saturday's 13-3 Cactus League victory over the Padres. Hitting out of the two-hole, Segura made an immediate impact with a line-drive double to left field in the first, eventually coming home on Nelson Cruz's three-run blast later in the frame. It was an ideal start for the offseason acquisition, who the Mariners are counting on as a formidable presence in front of Robinson Cano and Cruz near the top of the order. Given his demonstrated ability to pack the box score and the menacing pair hitting behind him, Segura could be in for an even more explosive campaign than 2016, when he compiled a whopping 68 extra-base hits with the Diamondbacks.