Prospect Profile: Rob Segedin

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Rob Segedin | 3B

A semi-local kid, Segedin grew up a Yankees fan in Old Tappan, New Jersey. He attended Northern Valley Regional High School, where he lettered in baseball all four years. Segedin helped the Golden Knights to the county championship as a freshman, and the state sectional title as a junior while placing as the runner up as a sophomore and senior. As you can imagine, he racked up plenty of hardware, so let’s recap…

  • Owns the New Jersey state record with 181 career hits
  • All-League honors all four years
  • New Jersey Hitter of the Year as a junior and senior
  • First Team All-State as a junior and senior
  • First Team All-County as a junior and senior
  • Second Team All-County as a sophomore
  • Member of the National Honor Society

Segedin also played for the Bayside Yankees, a prestigious travel team whose alumni includes Jon Lester, Rocco Baldelli, Steve Karsay, Nick Hundley, John Lannan, and Pedro Alvarez. He helped them to the Premier National Baseball championship in 2006 and 2007, winning team MVP honors in ’06. Because that’s not enough, Segedin also served as his class vice president and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Despite all of his prep accomplishments, Segedin was not considered a major prospect for the 2007 draft and went unselected. That took him to Tulane, where he played in all 62 games as a freshman in 2008. He led the Greene Wave in hits (75), batting average (.322), doubles (18), and RBI (59) while placing second in on-base percentage (.414) and third in both slugging percentage (.485) and total bases (113) that season. Doubling as a reliever, Segedin also made 14 appearances on the mound, saving five games and striking out 21 batters in 19.1 innings pitched.

While playing with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod League after the season, Segedin suffered a lower back injury that limited him to just five games during his sophomore season. That combined with a shoulder issue led to him taking a medical redshirt. Segedin was healthy enough to play for the Bourne Braves on the cape that summer, hitting just .179/.214/.281 in eight games during the team’s championship run.

Picking up right where he left off as a freshman, Segedin led the Green Wave in batting average (.434), on-base percentage (.516), slugging percentage (.788), hits (92), doubles (29), homers (14), total bases (167), walks (33), hit by pitches (five), runs scored (55), and RBI (54) as a redshirt sophomore in 2010 while placing second in stolen bases (four) and triples (two). His triple-slash line was good for 9th/23rd/11th best in the country, respectively, and he was named to the All-Conference First Team.

That monster season led to Baseball America ranking Segedin as the 88th best prospect available in the 2010 draft, though he had some leverage as a draft-eligible (redshirt) sophomore. The Yankees grabbed him with their third round pick, the 112th overall selection, and signed him to an above-slot $377,500 signing bonus a few days before the signing deadline.

Pro Debut
Segedin was initially signed to the rookie level Gulf Coast League squad for a two game tune-up (two-for-eight with a homer) before a promotion to the short season Staten Island Yankees. He finished the season there, posting a .329 wOBA in just 78 plate appearances.

Scouting Report
Standing on a 6-foot-3, 220 lb. frame, Segedin has a powerful line drive swing from the right side that produces a ton of hard contact. He’s a polished hitter with the innate ability to get the barrel of the bat on the ball, rarely swinging and missing. An “aggressively patient” approach has him waiting for his pitch before launching an all-out assault on the baseball, but he’s more than happy to take a walk if he doesn’t see anything he likes. Segedin’s power is more towards the gaps than over the fence right now, but he puts backspin on the ball in batting practice and should take it into games soon enough.

The bat is very real, but so are the long-term questions about his position. Although he can handle third base at the moment, Segedin is not fluid there and could end up moving to the outfield down the road. His fastball ran as high as 95 when he pitched as a freshman, so he has enough arm for the hot corner or a corner outfield spot. He’s not a threat on the bases nor does he offer much speed. The back and shoulder issues are not a long-term concern, however they did rob him of a year of an important year of development at age 20.

You can see Segedin’s draft video here. YouTube offers up several clips as well, including a few of him on the mound.

2011 Outlook
Vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman confirmed that Segedin will be assigned to Low-A Charleston to begin the 2011 season, where he’ll work mostly at third base but also mix in some rightfield. His bat is more than ready for the level, and it shouldn’t be much of an issue to find both he and Rob Lyerly playing time should Segedin be promoted to High-A Tampa at some point during the season.

My Take
I’m a fan, though I wish he was a left-handed hitter. That’s nothing more than nitpicking on my part. The questions about his ultimate position suck, but it’s not often that you can land a hitter of Segedin’s caliber in the third round and for less than $400,000, so it’s a tremendous value both in terms of pick slot and signing bonus. He should climb the ladder fairly quickly, meaning he could replace Brandon Laird as the team’s best upper level corner infielder/outfielder in short order should the Yankees decide to use Laird as trade bait in the next year. Segedin will be a fun prospect to follow because he should crush Single-A pitching, and he’s simply a rock solid prospect with a nice blend of upside and probability.

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  • PaulF

    How is his name pronounced?

    • Gary Wallace

      Not good with spelling out the phonetics, but it’s like if it were spelled Sigidin (SIG – IH – DIN). At least that’s the way the SI Yanks announcer pronounced it.

      • baseballnutcracker

        No it’s Seg like egg with an S in front, eh-din

  • AndrewYF

    Is Segedin the same kind of prospect Brad Suttle was?

    • Mike Axisa

      Yes and no. Segedin walks more and doesn’t strikeout as much. Suttle’s a switch hitter with more over-the-fence power.

  • Steve H

    Billy Butler type peak a good comp?

    • derek

      I’d say he’s got Rob Segedin type potential

  • Vinny Scafuto

    Fun fact, my girlfriend and her brother went to high school with Rob.

  • Domenic

    Segedin’s a fine prospect – I’m glad he fell as far as he did. I’m sort of surprised a team didn’t take him a bit earlier. He strikes me as a B, B- sort of prospect, and he should rocket through the system (and he would have moved even faster in a less jammed-up system). I do think that Billy Butler is a good comparison, though Segedin isn’t quite that immobile.

    Nitpicking here, but you wrote “Manga Cum Laude” – it should be “Magna Cum Laude,” unless he’s some sort of Japanese comic book laureate … which would be sort of interesting.

    • Mike Axisa

      Just a typo, fixed now.

      • JAG

        That’s disappointing in a way, I was kind of hoping he would have been some kind of expert in Japanese pop culture.

    • pete

      Segedin’s not quite as immobile as Butler, but in all likelihood, at least right now, he’s not quite (read: nearly) as good a hitter.

  • vin

    Really looking forward to watching Segedin mash in Charleston.

    I don’t really follow college baseball, but am I correct in recalling that Tulane is a decent baseball school that faces solid competition?

    • Mike Axisa

      It’s a very good baseball program, definitely.

  • pat

    If he’s lefty I bet he doesn’t make it out of the 1st round.

  • Avi

    I liked the pick a lot, maybe more than any other the Yanks made last year. I’m concerned about his slow start in pro ball though.

    • Mike Axisa

      It was 87 plate appearances!

      • Avi

        I read in BA something to the effect that the scouts didn’t like what they saw and he “failed to impress”. Of course there have been many guys to fall on their faces in their first exposure to pro ball and then go on to have successful careers.

        • Avi

          In general picking good college hitters who don’t strike out and take a walk is an excellent idea.

        • Don W

          BA said the same thing about Jesus Montero. I hope this Rob turns out that well.

  • John

    I have a few friends that played for the bayside yankees, I played for the LI cardinals. pretty crazy I wasnt aware of the talent that came through these teams

  • Regis

    Where would he rank as far as a top Yankees prospect?

    • Mike Axisa

      I have him in the 20-30 range in the rough draft of my of my top 30. Closer to 30 than 20, IIRC.

      • zach

        …and when does that list come out?

        • NZ Samuel

          Yes I’m hanging out for the official RAB prospect list too! Especially in light of Cashman’s quote today about starters coming from within…

  • Squishy Jello Person

    Fun fact: Northern Valley/Demerast is in my high school’s district.

    • Not Fun

      Not to be mean here but I will be anyway… Things like these aren’t fun facts. He’s a local kid I’m sure many readers of this site have some sort of connection to him. No need to discuss what kind of connection you have with someone. IMO it’s more annoying than anything. You have a connection to the guy, cool. If you have to talk about something, that says a lot.

    • Mantle28

      I go to Northern Valley Demarest!

  • PH

    God, I hope they never get rid of this kid in a trade for a major leaguer. Future of the yankees right here.

    • pete

      ya know, I think by the time he’s ready, they may have a glut of DH-types. To me, he’s Brandon Laird, with perhaps a bit more potential. That is to say, definitely a good trade candidate if the Yanks find a partner. Let him develop a bit, though, obviously.

      • Stephen

        He is not AT ALL Brandon Laird. Just because he is a 3B who may not be a solid fielder and hits for power just not mean they’re the same prospect. Laird had a .336 OBP last year, struck out a TON, and had 22 errors even in his 4th year in the system.

        Segedin can be a .380 OBP type with 25 HR power and a great eye for the strike zone. That makes him a projectable Jorge Posada clone offensively, but with the ability to put up more gawdy numbers without having to abuse his body at catcher.

  • icebird753

    Fun fact: I go to a different district than the one Rob went to.

    • Brazilian Fan

      Fun fact: I live in a different country than the one Rob lives

  • Anom

    True Story, I once struck him out in Little League 3rd grade.

  • mike

    You guys in Charleston will love this kid. Great ballplayer, and great guy. Incredible work ethic, mature. Ate us out of house and home while he was with the Cape League. I am sure he’s going to be an asset to his teammates and the community he volunteers in. This sounds like your dog, but he really is a family oriented guy, great with kids.

  • Dars

    I had the privledge of playing with rob on bayside for two years. Sadly I had surgery later on but Rob is a great player with a tremendous bat and only downfall was his speed around the bases but with a bit of cross/ speed training he could get stronger and faster I’m really proud he made it this far and hope he makes it even further! Good luck kid