Halos' top prospect Segura makes debut

Halos' top prospect Segura makes debut

Halos' top prospect Segura makes debut
ANAHEIM -- Two days after his Major League callup, the Angels' Jean Segura made his Major League debut on Tuesday against the Royals.

Segura, ranked the No. 1 prospect in the Angels organization by MLB.com and No. 45 overall in MLB, got the nod at shortstop in place of the injured Erick Aybar and batted eighth.

Segura went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the Halos' 4-1 loss.

Maicer Izturis started at short on Monday night, but with the night game on Tuesday followed by a 12:35 p.m. PT game on Wednesday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia wanted to rest Izturis, who hasn't started more than two games in a row since June 4-6.

In 94 games for Double-A Arkansas this season, Segura batted .294 with seven homers, 40 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. He probably won't be a long-term option at the Major League level if Aybar is forced to go on the disabled list, but the experience he gains in his brief time with the Angels should serve him well, Scioscia said.

"He's ready to come up here and play defense, but as far as being a finished product, he's not," Scioscia said. "Is he ready for a challenge of coming in here and being on the depth chart in the Major Leagues? He is.

"To be an everyday Major League ballplayer, there's no doubt that there's some growth that has to happen with Segura. And it will, over time. When he gets his opportunity, he'll be ready for it."

Segura has many of the tools that make up a good infielder, Scioscia said -- a plus-arm, plus-speed and a good bat. The 22-year-old is just early in his development stage. He switched from second base to shortstop in 2011, and is still evolving into what the Angels hope is an everyday player in the future.

"He's special, and hopefully he'll continue to develop," Scioscia said. "He can be an impact player in a number of positions."