TEMPE, Ariz. -- Doctors might have found the remedy for Jean Segura's nagging hamstring issues: insoles.
During a season in which the young, developing shortstop was limited to just 52 Minor League games because of a torn hamstring, doctors realized one of his legs is actually longer than the other, by mere millimeters. So now, Segura has a special insole on one of his cleats that will help balance it all out.
That could be all it takes to fix the problem.
"It should help," assistant general manager Scott Servais said. "That helps a lot of guys."
Segura, a 21-year-old who was initially a second baseman in the system, is the second-best prospect on the Angels -- behind only outfielder Mike Trout -- according to MLB.com. Signed out of the Dominican in 2007, Segura missed significant time in '09 because of a broken ankle and finger, then bounced back in low A ball in '10 -- batting .313 with 10 homers and 50 stolen bases in 130 games.
Last year, Segura hit .281 while playing in only 44 games for high A Inland Empire. Still, scouts say he matured as a hitter -- with more patience and a willingness to use the entire field -- and have been impressed with his arm strength.
If he can just stay healthy to get more games under his belt, many say, Segura can really move up the ranks.
Segura's hoping an offseason spent rehabbing with his uncle, an athletic trainer, and the simplicity of an insole will do the trick.
"I'm thinking it fixed it," Segura, who will probably spend the year at Double-A Arkansas, said in Spanish. "... I'm hoping it's all fixed. But I'll just keep working hard, doing what I have to do, and see what happens."