HOUSTON -- Day by day, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is getting a better read on the team's shortstop of the future. So far, he likes what he sees in the field from young Jean Segura.
The 22-year-old Segura was the key piece of the July 27 trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Angels, and the Brewers promoted him to the Majors on Aug. 6. In his first five games, Segura went 4-for-17 with three RBIs, including a run-scoring groundout Saturday night that tied the game in the ninth inning.
It's in the field where Roenicke has been most impressed.
"Those plays he's coming in on, those aren't easy plays," Roenicke said. "He's quick, he gets to a ball in a hurry, and he's got a cannon arm, which you guys haven't even seen yet. Wait until he gets a ball in the hole and he has to throw it over there. He's got a cannon for an arm.
"So, we'll see what happens with him. Offensively, he's had some troubles with some of the offspeed stuff that they've thrown at him. We'll see how he adjusts. He's done a nice job of hitting the ball to right field."
Segura is pleased to be getting regular playing time. A spot opened for him last week when the Nationals claimed shortstop Cesar Izturis off waivers.
"They traded me for Greinke, and they want to know what I have," Segura said. "If they bring me up, I knew they wanted me to show what I've got every day."