Which future Hall of Famer is Mariners SS Jean Segura playing like?
The Seattle Mariners and their fans have got to be thrilled by what they have gotten out of new shortstop Jean Segura. He is easily the best offensive shortstop for the team since Alex Rodriguez. But that is not who Segura most closely resembles.
Before I divulge the identity of the comparison, lets look at the numbers, side by side. In the last calendar year, the Mariners shortstop has played 143 games. Below, I stack up his last 143 games against the Hall of Fame players’ 162 game average over his 10 year prime
|Jean Segura||Player X 162 game average during prime|
|.315 BA||.319 BA|
|.368 OBP||.390 OBP|
|.493 SLG||.467 SLG|
|19 HR||19 HR|
|34 SB||24 SB|
|39 Doubles||35 doubles|
|.861 OPS||.857 OPS|
|5.0 WAR||5.0 WAR|
Extremely similar right? Player X has more OBP skills, while Segura hits for more power and steals more bases. While the defensive sample size is too small for a straight across comparison, the eye test is remarkably similar. Both Player X and Segura have strong arms, but limited range, particularly going to the left.
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Have you figured out who Player X is yet? Well, the answer will certainly surprise you. The numbers you see above for Player X are from 1998-2008. Player X is a living legend. The captain of the best team of the 20th century. Player X is Derek Jeter.
Now, before I get called a troll, or a hot take guy, keep in mind that I am not saying Jean Segura is better than prime Jeter. What I am saying is that the Segura of the past year is roughly the equivalent of Jeter.
Segura has a long way to go in order to even be on Jeter’s level, but the past 143 games are a great start. Remember Segura just turned 27 years old, and is, statistically, just entering his prime.
The Mariners could have something really special for years to come. Only time will tell if Segura can maintain the last year of his career. But for now, Mariner fans should sit back and enjoy Derek Jeter 2.0.