Born: November 10, 1988
Town: Old Tappan
Robert Mitchell Segedin was born November 10, 1988 in Old Tappan. He starred in the local youth sports leagues, distinguishing himself as a power-hitting infielder. Rob played third base for Tim Byron at Northern Valley Regional High School and graduated in 2007 as the state’s all-time hit leader, with 187. He stood 6’3 and weighed 2015 pounds. Former big-league pitcher Frank Eufemia—a rival coach but family friend—predicted Rob could develop into a player much like his old Twins teammate, Gary Gaetti.
Rob accepted a scholarship to Tulane, where he continued to develop as a power-hitting corner infielder. He was also called upon to pitch. As a freshman in 2008, he closed out a victory in the NCAA Tournament against second-seeded Florida as the Green Wave won 7–4. Matt den Dekker grounded into a game-ending DP.
Rob continued to hit well as a sophomore and junior, and was selected by his hometown Yankees in the third round of the 2010 draft. He’d been a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award as a junior. He made his way up the minor league ladder to AA in his first three seasons, showing decent power at every stop along the way, as well as defensive versatility.
Rob started the 2013 season red-hot with the Class-AA Trenton Thunder but injured his hip diving for a grounder. He’d felt tightness and soreness in the joint since he was a teenager, the result of some long-forgotten untreated injury. He ended up needing surgery, erasing a promising season. Rob was back on the field in 2014.
Prior to Spring Training in 2016 the Yankees dealt Rob to the Dodgers. He hit a ton at AAA Oklahoma City, slugging .598 in 103 games and participating in the PCL All-Star Game. He was called up by the Dodgers in early August and started in leftfield against the Red Sox in his first game. He cracked a double and a single off veteran David Price, plating two runs with each hit. That tied a team record for most RBIs in a player’s first game. Two weeks later Rob hit his first big-league homers in back-to-back games against the Reds and Giants.
With his ability to man first, third and the outfield (as well as having experience a short and second), Rob became a valuable piece in the Dodgers’ pennant picture.