Scouting Report: 3B, Rob Segedin

The New York Yankees selected third baseman Rob Segedin in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Tulane University. He missed nearly the entire 2013 season after having hip surgery. Always known for his ability to hit, he felt like a brand new man in more ways than one last season and because of that still offers a significant ceiling despite his advanced age.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Robert Segedin
Position: Third Base/Outfield
DOB: November 10, 1988
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

What was initially thought to be a torn labrum in his left hip in 2013 turned out to be a chronic ailment known as FAI, or Femoroacetabular impingement, the same condition that required both Alex Rodriguez and former first round pick Ty Hensley to have similar surgeries, and because of the surgery he was limited to just 71 at-bats that year.

He came back to hit a respectable .283 with an .826 OPS [his highest OPS at any minor league level with a minimum of 300 at-bats] for Double-A Trenton last year.

"It went pretty good overall," Segedin said of his season. "Obviously coming back from an injury the first thing is you want to be able to play a whole season healthy and for the most part I was able to do that. It felt good coming back and being healthy.

"I felt I made a lot of strides defensively becoming more agile and the surgery helped with that for sure. Hitting-wise I had some ups and downs, some hot streaks and some slumps, and I'll just have to be a little more consistent."

More than just the numbers, however, it was the way he physically felt that had him very encouraged. No longer limited mobility-wise due to his hip impingement, he felt like a new man out on the field and the results from the surgery were everything he had hoped for.

"Yes, between the training staff and Doctor Kelly I couldn't have asked for anything more. I didn't have one day where my hips were feeling tight or even felt like I had surgery on them. I felt a lot fresher and a lot more mobile than I ever have before, and that was huge for me."

Though the hips were no longer an issue and physically he felt stronger than ever, Segedin did discover yet another ailment that had been plaguing him for some time. He hit just .143 in a 21-game trial with Triple-A Scranton and it finally dawned on him that perhaps his vision wasn't what it should have been either.

"It was something I figured out," he said. "I always really liked playing during the day. I felt like I could see the ball better. I was having a tough time seeing the ball at night time and when I was in Scranton I realized it, and I was talking to my wife and telling her that I was having a tough time seeing the ball.

"It was just kind of like a white ball, I couldn't see spin or anything. She said 'why don't you go see a doctor' and I said 'I'm not going to see a doctor, my eyes are fine'. Sure enough she talked me into going to see a doctor and turns out I had a stigmatism and a little near-sighted. It kind of affected me at night time to see the ball."

He initially tried wearing contacts to correct the problem but it only made it worse. The contacts actually blurred his vision more so he got fitted for prescription goggles.

"They helped me see the ball a lot better at night time," he insisted. "It made a huge difference for sure. It was something I was very naive to and really hesitant about at first.

"I just figured later in these night games these relievers just had tighter sliders because in the first couple at-bats [of games] I was able to pick up stuff a lot better than later in the game. It helps a lot. I felt like I was able to pick up and recognize pitches a lot better once I started getting used to the glasses."

The glasses were awkward at first and it took some time for him to get used to having something on his face, but he eventually made the adjustment late in the season and the difference in results were quite staggering. He hit a robust .357 with a 1.064 OPS in his final 56 at-bats with Trenton after getting comfortable with the glasses.

With new hips and now new vision, despite turning 26 years old this offseason, Segedin feels like a new man on so many levels and because of that he feels like he is finally equipped to put it all together on the baseball diamond.

"Going into the season last year with the hip surgery I felt like it was something that was needed to bring my game to the next level and I figured out over the course of the season that the eyes were something [that needed attention too], but hopefully there's not much more [to fix].

"I feel much more confident that I'll be able to progress and hopefully there's no other weird things that will come up. Between the hips and the eyes my body feels good. It feels new and useful, and even though I'm 26 years old I feel like I can still get a lot better."

He's hoping all of these ailments are behind him now. He also realizes that as an older player that time is running out for him to finally break out and tap his potential. Still, he believes he now has a fighter's chance and that has him excited for what 2015 might bring.

"I'm very excited, I feel very confident. I like what I've done this offseason, getting stronger, continuing with the mobility, hitting with glasses and having that correction being able to see the ball, so far everything's good," he concluded.














2014 Scranton .143 77 2 1 11 7 0 4 14 .188 .208
2014 Trenton .283 325 21 8 49 46 1 52 60 .398 .428
2013 Trenton .338 71 10 3 17 16 0 6 18 .390 .606
2012 Trenton .188 165 6 3 13 16 0 13 33 .253 .279
2012 Tampa .297 290 21 7 41 44 9 29 53 .362 .448
2011 Tampa .245 188 4 2 21 32 4 15 40 .311 .309
2011 Charleston .323 226 15 5 34 33 3 23 39 .396 .482
2010 Staten Island .243 70 6 1 7 13 0 7 7 .321 .400
2010 GCL Yankees .250 8 0 1 3 3 0 0 1 .333 .625

Batting and Power. Even before the corrective lenses Segedin had some of the best plate discipline in the entire farm system and it stands to reason that it should only improve now with the prescription goggles. That's great news for an extremely patient hitter like him, one who can walk more than he strikes out. He also uses the whole field when he hits and all of it spells a real ability to hit. The in-game power production has been average at best but in 2014 he showed that the power might not be done maturing as when he connected for home runs they went a far, far distance; there's average power for now but perhaps ticking towards the above average range.

Base Running and Speed. His speed has improved since the hip surgery but not to the point where he can really impact the running game. He is just more of a solid station to station runner.

Defense. Segedin had always been adequate at third base in previous years, one who displayed solid hands and above average arm strength but whose range was very limited. His range did improve last season after his hip surgery but only to the point where he is solid. He's not a game-changer in the field but he can hold his own as a serviceable third baseman. He can also play an adequate corner outfield too.

Projection. Defensively Segedin has what it takes to play the corners in solid fashion and he has a real knack for hitting too, and that combination gives him the ceiling of a potential big league starting player either at third base or in left field. However, as a corner guy he is going to have to hit for more power than he has thus far and that's an aspect of his game that still has yet to be determined even though he is 26 years old. There's a chance now with the surgically repaired hips and new eyeglasses that the power could begin to creep up and make that starting potential more realistic. He is going to need that increased power too because there isn't much call for a reserve corner guy with no plus power and limited defensive play. For the most part he's a starter or bust at the big league level.

ETA. 2015. Segedin is most likely headed back to Triple-A Scranton to start the season and a lot would have to go his way to get a potential look with the big league club, including getting off to a very hot start and especially power-wise.

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