Normally, those 25 and up don’t crack a prospect list, but the 28-year-old is a special exception. Fans were treated to a bit of the powerful utility player last year, but his rookie status is still in tact heading into 2017.
Segedin would have already been in the major leagues on many teams, but it’s just hard to find a spot on a team that has been in serious title contention for the last four years. Before he was a Dodger, he was a part of the Yankees’ minor league system right around the time they had signed Mark Teixiera and a group of outfielders, so again there was no place to go.
On the surface: That’s a hot start
During Spring Training 2017, Rob Segedin went out and made a statement. He he’s slugged for a 1.360 OPS, which leads all Dodgers with more than 16 at-bats in the spring. This guy treats 93 mph fastballs like soft toss in the backyard.
His three homers and four doubles also make for a nice stat line over the 28 at-bats he has collected this spring.
The silver lining here is that because he is not a part of the future, he will really be a part of the Dodgers’ present. 2017 will be interesting for the Tulane product. He has a chance to get some serious big league playing time if things break his way, but he will need to capitalize on the opportunities he gets. The Dodgers are too deep to spend time waiting for him to get comfortable.
Segedin can certainly benefit the Dodgers as a solid bat and a player with the ability to defend all around the diamond. The question is, will he get his chance?