Alex Bregman

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Alexander David Bregman

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Alex Bregman was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 29th round of the 2012 amateur draft but did not sign, opting to attend Louisiana State University instead. He was considered one of the top prospects of the 2015 amateur draft and went second overall to the Houston Astros, with the pick obtained in compensation for failing to sign first overall pick Brady Aiken the previous year. He was one of three shortstops selected with the first three pick, following Dansby Swanson who went first overall, and ahead of Brendan Rodgers. In 2015, he hit .316 with 16 doubles, 6 homers, 47 RBIs and 12 stolen bases as a junior at LSU. He was named one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.

On June 25th, he signed with the Astros for a bonus of $5.9 million and was assigned to the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League. The deal was under slot value, giving the Astros room to sign some of the other top picks they had selected during a particularly rich draft for them. He hit .259 in 29 games for Quad Cities, then was promoted to the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League. There he hit .319 in 37 games to finish his first season with a line of .294/.366/.415 in 66 games. He then began 2016 with the AA Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League. In 62 games there, he hit .297 with 16 doubles and 14 homers to earn a promotion to AA and the Fresno Grizzlies by the end of June. He was also named to play for the United States team at the 2016 Futures Game played in San Diego's Petco Park on July 10th. He was one of the stars of the contest as he tripled int he 1st, doubled in the 3rd and singled in the 4th before making outs in his last two at-bats. It was clear that he would not be long in the minors after that and on July 24th, the Astros announced that he was being called up to the big league team.

Bregman made his big league debut as the Astros' starting third baseman against the New York Yankees on July 25th. Batting 6th, he went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts as Houston was muzzled by Michael Pineda and lost the game, 2-1. He was the first position player form the 2015 draft to make his debut, following P Carson Fulmer, who was taken 8th overall, by only a week. He began his major league career by going 0 for 18 before collecting his first hit on July 31st with a 3rd-inning single off Mike Pelfrey of the Detroit Tigers. The slump continued for a while though, eventually reaching 2 for 38 before he found his hitting stroke again. His first big league homer came on August 16th, a two-run shot off Jaime Garcia of the St. Louis Cardinals. In 49 games, he hit .264 with 8 homers and 34 RBIs. He was named the recipient of the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award and also to the 2016 Topps All-Star Rookie Team.

He played his first full major league season in 2017 with 155 games as the Astros' starting third baseman. He hit .284 with 18 homers and 71 RBIs, also scoring 88 runs and collecting 39 doubles. The Astros won the World Series for the first time in franchise history that year, and Bregman was in the middle of things in the postseason, starting all 18 games. While he hit just .208, he had 3 doubles and 4 homers, scored 11 runs and drove in 10. His lead-off homer off Chris Sale in the 8th inning of Game 4 of the Division Series broke a 2-2 tie and Houston never looked back as it beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, to move to the ALCS. Bregman was the American League Player of the Month in June 2018 as he hit 11 homers and collected 30 RBIs with an OPS of 1.085. He was named to the All-Star team for the first time and also was the sole representative of the AL in the Home Run Derby, then was named recipient of the Ted Williams Award as the game's MVP when his 10th-inning homer off Ross Stripling broke a 6-6 tie and sent the junior circuit on its way to an 8-6 win. He made further history that year, becoming the first third baseman to ever record 50 doubles and 30 home runs in the same season. He finished the year at .286 with 31 homers and 103 RBIs in 157 games and finished 5th in the MVP vote. In the postseason, he went 5 for 9 with a double and two homers as a one-man wrecking crew as the Astros swept the Cleveland Indians in the Division Series. He cooled down in the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, going just 2 for 15; the Red Sox consistently pitched around him, however, as he drew 7 walks in the 5 games, and was hit by pitch twice, so he was still constantly on base.

The Astros rewarded Alex for his excellent season by signing him on March 19, 2019 to a six-year contract extension worth $100 million, taking him through his years of arbitration eligibility.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Mark Feinsand: "Bregman's heroics earn him special ASG MVP: Astros 3B hits go-ahead HR in 10th, has family connection to Ted Williams", mlb.com, July 18, 2018. [1]
  • Alyson Footer: "Bregman learns from postseason vet Beltran: 2004 playoff standout advises young third baseman to stick with what's worked", mlb.com, October 27, 2017. [2]
  • Richard Justice: "Bregman's deep desire to improve paying off: Young Astros star putting together MVP-caliber second season", mlb.com, September 13, 2018. [3]
  • Quinton Martinez: "Astros' Alex Bregman makes debut: 'He's got to earn it'", USA Today Sports, July 26, 2016. [4]
  • Brian McTaggart: "Astros select SS Bregman No. 2 overall in Draft: Team follows college shortstop with prep OF Tucker, brother of Houston rookie", mlb.com, June 8, 2015. [5]
  • Brian McTaggart: "Astros calling up top prospect Bregman: Infielder joins surging team, will start vs. Yankees", mlb.com, July 24, 2016. [6]
  • Brian McTaggart: "Bregman enjoys life as World Series champ", mlb.com, November 17, 2017. [7]
  • Jorge L. Ortiz: "Houston Astros' Alex Bregman is USA TODAY Sports' Minor League Player of the Year", USA Today Sports, September 7, 2016. [8]

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