"He's not the typical guy to do it because he's aggressive," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's a swinger. I talked this morning to him about it a little bit. I don't want him to change because I put him in the leadoff spot.
"That goes with everybody. When I put them in different spots in the lineup, I just want guys to hit. We move them around sometimes for necessity, and it doesn't mean you hit fourth and all of a sudden you have to start swinging for the fence. [Segura] is a guy that's aggressive and needs to stay that way or there's too much mental thought going on, and he won't produce."
Segura did produce in 2013, finishing the season with a team-best .294 batting average and running second in the National League with 44 stolen bases. He made the NL All-Star team with a huge first half before wearing down in August and September.
His on-base percentage ended at a relatively modest .329, and Segura's highest walk total in the Minor Leagues was 45, in 581 plate appearances at the Class A level in 2010. He worked a walk to lead off Thursday's 11-3 win over the A's before scoring on Ryan Braun's first-inning home run, then added two more hits, including a double, before calling it a day.
"I think he's OK with [moving to leadoff]," Roenicke said. "He's probably a little better second, and the next couple of days, maybe we'll put him second. I'm going to move him around. … What I like is he's comfortable enough now to come in here and we'll talk about things. He's a very honest guy. Some guys don't quite tell me everything, and he's quite honest. It's not that guys will lie to me, they just won't tell me."
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