06/21/12 10:51 AM ET
Segura's path to Futures Game isn't blocked
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
Segura -- a 22-year-old with a compact, explosive swing and a plus arm -- is the Angels' No. 1-ranked prospect by MLB.com. But with second baseman Howie Kendrick signed through 2015 in January and shortstop Erick Aybar in the books through '16 in April, his future in the big leagues is cloudy at best.
For now, Segura has been playing mostly shortstop in his first season at Double-A Arkansas. He's posted a .287/.328/.398 slash line with 25 stolen bases through his first 69 games.
In a couple weeks, he'll play in the much-hyped showcase at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, which is part of the All-Star Game festivities and puts all of baseball's best prospects on one field.
The Angels will worry about the rest later.
"What you can't do is build a roster toward the idea of waiting for prospects or players to arrive," general manager Jerry Dipoto recently said, when asked about extending Aybar with Segura waiting in the wings. "What you can do is when they arrive, you make room for them to play. Jean's got a unique skill set, in that he has enough snap in his bat that there's other options that can present themselves."
Immediately after being signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, Segura was transferred to second base. Last year, he missed most of the season with a torn hamstring, but the Angels put him back at shortstop upon returning. They protected him on the 40-man roster in November and were impressed by his growth in Spring Training.
But, as Dipoto previously said, "Jean needs reps. He needs to prove the ability to play every day."
The 14th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Sunday, July 8, at 2 p.m. PT. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast live play-by-play coverage on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
Major League Baseball, along with the MLB Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters.
Outfielder Mike Trout, catcher Hank Conger and infielder Luis Jimenez represented the Angels in the 2010 version of the Futures Game. Trout was set to be a member of the U.S. team again in 2011, but didn't participate due to his promotion to the big leagues.
Segura has posted a .310/.362/.439 slash line in six pro seasons.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.