MILWAUKEE When Jean Segura took his place at shortstop on Monday, he became Milwaukee's fifth different Opening Day shortstop in five years.
The Brewers shipped two young shortstops away in trades and had two stopgap starters the past two years while they searched for a long term solution.
When the Los Angeles Angels showed interest in Zack Greinke at least season's trade deadline, Segura was high on general manager Doug Melvin's priority list to get back in the deal.
22-years-old at the time, Segura was an extremely talented prospect that still needed some seasoning in the minor leagues. Just eight months later, and he's already flashed signs of tremendous ability at the big league level, won a batting title in winter ball and staked claim to the shortstop position for years to come.
"He's probably even better than we thought when we made the deal," Melvin said. "He's gone beyond expectations. When we made the deal, I'm not sure we really thought he'd be a big leaguer at this ...