For the second time in four seasons, the Milwaukee Brewers are grooming a young shortstop long on talent but short on experience. In 2010, that player was Alcides Escobar. This year it's 22-year-old Jean Segura.

Ironically, Escobar was traded to the Kansas City Royals in a deal for pitcher Zack Grienke, and Segura was obtained when the Brewers shipped Grienke to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last July. The Brewers hope Segura progresses in Milwaukee the way Escobar has in Kansas City.

Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 55 prospect in the game and the No. 2 prospect in the Angels system heading into the 2012 season, Segura was the centerpiece of the package the Brewers received in the Grienke deal. Sent to the Brewers Double-A Huntsville farm team, Segura made an immediate impact, hitting .433 in eight games before being called up Aug. 6.

"It was great to come to Milwaukee last year," said Segura of his promotion. "The team made me feel comfortable right away and that made it easy to just go out and play. These guys were really good to me and that helped."

The 5-foot-10 Segura played solidly for the Brewers in 44 games, hitting .264 with a .321 OBP. Though he didn't have any home runs, Segura had four doubles and three triples in 148 at-bats. The right-handed hitter also showed promise on the bases, swiping seven bags while only being caught once. Most impressive, he hit .343 in September after batting only .209 in August.

"What helped me last year was just being comfortable," Segura said. "When you're young, you want to show that you are good and that you belong. You want to go 110 percent at everything. But you have to stay patient and relaxed. These guys helped me do that and made me comfortable. When you feel comfortable, you feel like you can do anything."

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has been impressed by what he's seen out of the native of the Dominican Republic, particularly defensively.