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Jean Segura, still sleeping in the (very) late rounds

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Jean Segura, late-round steal (USAT Images)

Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura is owned in just 35 percent of Yahoo! leagues, typically drafted as nothing more than a final round flier when he's selected at all (ADP 269.4).

If his position happened to be well-stocked with reliable fantasy assets, then I'd understand the relative lack of interest. But short isn't some talent-rich spot. Beyond the top-10, it's a position loaded with ifs and maybes and no-[expletive]-ways. Just check the ranks.

(To cite one example: Colorado's Josh Rutledge is 100 percent owned, despite setting off all the Brandon Wood alarms. That dude might draw six walks this year and strike out 8,000 times. Rutledge crashed hard at the end of 2012, hitting just .176/.236/.284 with 26 Ks over his final 110 plate appearances. This year, we can't stop drafting him. Segura? Crickets).

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Not only is Segura raking this spring — 7-for-16, 11 total bases, 0 Ks — but he's also coming off a stellar winter league performance (batting crown, 11 steals). He had an excellent season at Double-A last year, too, hitting .304/.358/.413 with seven homers and 37 steals in 102 games. And he finished strong for Milwaukee, delivering a September slash of .343/.418/.457. In a nutshell, we're dealing with an uninterrupted stretch of solid hitting from a kid with very good speed.

The soon-to-be 23-year-old Segura is already penciled in as the Brewers' starting shortstop, so there's no position battle for us to fret about. The main worry here is Milwaukee's batting order — hitting eighth in the NL is less than ideal. But if you're looking for bargain speed at an ugly position, keep Segura in your plans. No reaching required.

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