A simple question about Jean Segura on Friday elicited a 370-word response from Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.

That’s a pretty good indication of how excited Melvin is about the young shortstop’s development heading into the official start of the 2013 season.

As the Brewers get set to welcome the Colorado Rockies to Miller Park on Monday, Melvin appears confident the club is set at one of the most critical positions on the field for this Opening Day and many more to come.

“He’s probably even better than what we had thought when we made the deal,” Melvin said of Segura, one of three prospects acquired by the Brewers in a trade that sent pitcher Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels last July. “He’s probably gone beyond the expectations. ... I’m not sure that we really thought he’d be a big leaguer at this time.

“He’s got a great skill set. We’re pretty fortunate to have him. Some clubs are still looking for shortstops. We have a (23-year-old), a guy that we can build around.”

The soft-spoken Segura, a native of the Dominican Republic, was told about Melvin’s comments and smiled. He shrugged when asked if agrees with Melvin’s assessment — that he’s progressed quicker than expected — and then proceeded to lay out a plan of attack that sounds refreshingly simple.

“Have fun,” he said. “Play hard.”