Admittedly, there aren’t many reasons to keep watching the 2012 Brewers, but this will help a bit. After Cesar Izturis was claimed on waivers by the Washington Nationals (and the Brewers let them keep him), Milwaukee called up shortstop Jean Segura to take his place on the big league roster.
Segura, of course, was the main piece coming back to the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade. In 8 games with Double-A Huntsville since the trade, Segura hit .433/.500/.533 in 37 plate appearances, with three doubles and four stolen bases. His overall Double-A line for the season — combining his numbers from the Texas League and the Southern League — stands at .304/.358/.413 with seven home runs, 13 doubles, and 37 steals.
He (pretty obviously) wasn’t being challenged offensively at the Double-A level, but his bat has been major league-ready all year — that’s why the Angels felt comfortable calling him up as a bench player in the days leading up to the Greinke deal. If there was a reason for keeping Segura in Double-A, it was to get defensive reps at shortstop, a position that’s still fairly new to him (he’s only played in 136 games at shortstop to this point in his career). The Brewers could have moved Segura up to Triple-A, but since more top pitching prospects reside in Double-A, from a competition standpoint it made sense to keep him there (case in point: in a recent series against Chattanooga, Segura faced Dodger prospects Zach Lee and Chris Reed).
With that in mind, the hope here is that the Brewers are bringing up Segura to play shortstop every day. If this is an evaluation period to see if they need to add a shortstop this offseason, nothing is going to be learned if Cody Ransom is still playing shortstop 3 out of 5 games, or even 2 out of 5. Put Segura at the bottom of the lineup if you have to, but the important thing is to get him consistent playing time. We’ve seen what inconsistent at-bats can do to guys who were raking in the minors (and if you’ve forgotten, ask Mat Gamel before this season, Taylor Green, Brooks Conrad, Jeff Bianchi, etc.). One would guess the Brewers wouldn’t want to make the same mistake with their most-prized prospect.