After seven years in the minor leagues, Rob Segedin made his major league debut in 2016 and contributed to the Dodgers in the second half.
What went right
Segedin was acquired from the Yankees on Jan. 15 in exchange for pitcher Tyler Olson and infielder Ronald Torreyes, both of whom had been designated for assignment by the Dodgers.
A strong spring training allowed the non-roster invitee Segedin to last in big league camp until final cuts, and he left a strong impression on the coaches during camp.
Segedin earned Pacific Coast League All-Star honors, hitting .319/.392/.598 with 21 home runs, 23 doubles and nine triples in 103 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City. That strong play earned the 27-year-old a call up to the majors for the first time on Aug. 7.
Segedin made an immediate impact, driving in 12 runs in his first 40 major league plate appearances.
He hit .295/.340/.495 with two home runs and a double in his first 50 PA.
Segedin traversed around the corners in the infield and outfield, starting six games with the Dodgers in right field, five games at third base, three games at first base and three games in left field.
Segedin had a whirlwind few days starting with his first major league home run on Aug. 22 in Cincinnati, then returning home to his wife, who went into labor. Segedin homered again at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 23, then left in the eighth inning to get to the hospital in time for the birth of his first child.
Rob and his wife Robin named their son Robinson, and the trio joined Vin Scully for one of the best Dodgers photos of the year.
What went wrong
Segedin found playing time hard to come by down the stretch, starting just five games in September, with two of those starts in the final week after the club had already clinched the division. He had 28 plate appearances over the final 29 games of the season.
He ended the season in a 4-for-29 (.138) slump.
Stats: .233/.301/.370, 2 HR in 40 games & 83 PA; -0.1 rWAR, 0.1 fWAR
Salary: $507,500, a pro-rated portion of the major league minimum for his time in the majors, roughly $158,000.
Game of the year
Seegedin saved his best for first, debuting in style against David Price and the Red Sox on Aug. 7. Segedin hit a two-run double in the fourth inning then added a two-run single in the fifth. The four RBI set a record for a Dodgers major league debut, breaking the record previously held by the immortal Packy Rogers.
Segedin has 57 days of major league service time, and three option years remaining.