PHOENIX -- Brewers newcomer Zack Segovia is happy to have at least one familiar face at Maryvale Baseball Park.
He's the son-in-law of Darnell Coles, the Brewers' Minor League hitting coordinator. Segovia met Coles' daughter, DeAnna, in 2005 in Clearwater, Fla., where the Phillies have a complex. They were already married by '08, when Segovia pitched a one-game rehabilitation assignment for a Nationals affiliate managed by Coles. That team's pitching coach was Rich Gale, who now serves in the same role for Milwaukee's Triple-A club.
Now, Coles and Segovia are reunited. Segovia signed a Minor League deal with Milwaukee in November and was invited to Major League camp.
"It's nice to know somebody," Segovia said. "You look at guys like [outfield prospect Logan] Schafer, and he's played forever with all of these other guys around us."
The hard-throwing Segovia, who will turn 28 in April, almost signed with Milwaukee a year earlier. He was released by the Nationals on the morning of the 2008 Rule 5 Draft and drew interest from the Brewers, Mets and Yankees. But the Brewers felt they had too full a camp and did not offer a big league Spring Training invite. The others did, so Segovia opted for the Yankees.
He was 2-3 with a 4.19 ERA in 44 relief appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, then posted a 2.35 ERA and nine saves in the Dominican Winter League.