Last season was a nightmare for Jean Segura both on and off the field. After making the all-star team in his first full season, Segura dealt with tragedy and battled a gigantic hitting slump in 2014. He finished that year with a .246 batting average with five home runs while slugging just .326. This drop-off led to a lot of questions in 2015. Here is a breakdown of his season.
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While much of the team slumped out of the gates to begin the year, Segura got off to a fast start. He finished the first month of the season batting .279. His May was even better as he hit .286 with an .826 OPS before being placed on the disabled list.
He finished the first half of the season with a .273 batting average, but saw a big decline in numbers as he batted just .240 after the all-star break. Not only did he drop over .30 points in his batting average in the second half, but he also saw a drastic decline in many other offensive categories.
Constantly shuffled around the lineup, Segura made starts in six different spots this season. While he batted .272 as a leadoff hitter, his best place in the lineup this season was the seven spot, where he batted .284 with .648 OPS.
Segura’s best stretch of the year came in July, when he batted .311 for the month in 23 games. His July also included a six and an eight game hitting streak and five three-hit games.
While he again was not the same player that we saw in 2013, Segura finished the season with a .257 batting average and 25 stolen bases. With three years of team control remaining and a large group of shortstops in the system, the big question now is whether or not Segura will still be on the team in 2016. Though he is still just 25-years-old, his biggest value to the team could be in his return if he is used as trade bait this winter.
Final Grade: C+