Brewers trade Zach Greinke to acquire Jean Segura (2010), Johnny Hellweg (2009-10) and Ariel Pena (2010)

The Milwaukee Brewers have traded Zach Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels to acquire three former Kernels who are each were highly touted Angels prospects. Jean Segura, Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena were each included in the deal. Greinke is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2012 season.

All three players being sent to Milwaukee played in Cedar Rapids during the 2010 season. Hellweg and Segura spent the entire season in Cedar Rapids. Pena joined the Kernels mid-season. The Kernels finished the season with a 82-56 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels lost to Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.

Jean Segura hit .313 with 24 doubles, 12 triples, 10 HR, 79 RBI and stole 50 bases in 130 games during the 2010 season for the Kernels. Segura was selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star game. He joined 2010 teammates Ariel Pena and Tyler Skaggs playing in the 2012 Futures Game during the MLB All Star festivities.

Jean Segura hit .293 with 12 doubles, 4 HR, 26 RBI and stole 18 bases playing for the Tempe Angels and the Inland Empire 66ers in 2011. Segura has hit .294 with 10 doubles, 7 HR, 40 RBI and stole 33 bases for the Arkansas Travelers in 93 games in 2012 before making his MLB debut with the Angels earlier this week.

Ariel Pena posted a 7-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A. in 18 starts in 2010. Pena struck out 88 batters in 103 innings. Ariel Pena has a 6-6 mark with a 2.99 E.R.A. in 19 starts for the Arkansas Travelers in 2012. He has struck out 111 in 114 1/3 innings of work.








Johnny Hellweg pitched five games for the Kernels at the end of the 2009 season posting a 0-0 record with a 1.35 E.R.A. and 2 saves. Hellweg returned in 2010 and went 2-4 with a 4.33 E.R.A. in 41 games finishing 36 games for 16 saves. He converted to the starting rotation with the Inland Empire 66ers last year posting a 6-4 record with a 3.73 E.R.A. in 28 games including 14 starts. Hellweg has compiled a 5-10 record in 2012 for the Arkansas Travelers with a 3.38 E.R.A. in 21 starts. He has struck out 88 batters in 119 2/3 innings of work.

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