TRENTON – After a 22-game stint with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, third baseman Rob Segedin is back in Thunder pinstripes at Arm & Hammer Park, where he has excelled this season.
One year after his season was cut short due to hip surgery, Segedin came back to the Thunder as a force in the middle of the line-up, producing a .288/.404/.431 batting line for the Double-A ball club while stroking eight home runs and driving home 48 runs. The 25-year-old leads the Thunder in on-base percentage with three games to play and has improved astronomically on defense, which leads him to call the season a success.
“My performance was good,” Segedin said. “I did well here. I would have liked to have done better while I was up in Scranton and stay there, but overall, it was a pretty good season.”
“Defense was something that I always got a bad rap for,” Segedin added. “I’m as confident as I’ve ever been over there and I felt I made a lot of plays that I used to not even be able to dream about making.”
Segedin’s performance suffered after he was promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 21. After going 2-for-4 with a grand slam in his second game as a RailRider, Segedin struggled mightily and ended his first stint in Triple-A with a .143/.188/.208 batting line. Struggling when first reaching a new level has not been uncommon for Segedin, who batted just .188 during his first stint with the Thunder in 2012.
“It’s the same game and everything, but there is a little adjustment period,” Segedin noted. “Performance-wise, I didn’t do enough to deserve to stay up there…I try to limit the time it takes to get used to how the game changes from each level.”
Despite struggling with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Segedin is already looking forward to earning his next opportunity in Triple-A, which should come at the start of the 2015 season.
“I came back down here and just want to make sure I finish the season off on a high note,” the 25-year-old said Saturday. “Coming back here and having a bad attitude will only hurt you. That’s not the kind of player I am, and that’s not the kind of player I will ever be.”
“It was upsetting to get sent down,” Segedin told me. “It’s the first time that I’ve been demoted, but it’s just a reason to work harder.”
Though the demotion certainly stung for the Old Tappan, New Jersey native, he still felt that he had achieved one of his main goals for this season: to show he was fully recovered from the hip injury that ended his 2013 season after just 18 games.
“It’s good to get back and play a full season,” Segedin said prior to Saturday’s game. “Hopefully I’ll finish out strong and healthy. That was one of the main goals, to stay healthy coming off an injury from last year.”
* * * * * Notes * * * * *
- Thunder 1B Greg Bird and OF Tyler Austin were two of seven players selected to represent the Yankees in the Arizona Fall League. Bird claimed to be “pumped” when talking about the opportunity to continue his season into mid-November.
- Austin is away from the team, likely for the remainder of the Thunder season due to family matters.
- Dante Bichette, Jr. remains out of the lineup, and Tony Franklin revealed he may stay out for the remainder of the season with a back issue.