After weeks of speculation, the Houston Astros have promoted their top prospect Alex Bregman from Triple-A Fresno, following their 13-3 win over the Angels on Sunday.
#Astros announce Alex Bregman will be selected to the Major League roster. He will join the club Monday.
— Houston Astros (@astros) July 24, 2016
Bregman, who bats and throws right-handed, went 3-for-5 two weeks ago in MLB’s annual Futures Game, creating more buzz around baseball’s 18th best prospect, per MLB.com’s top 100 prospects list.
The 22-year-old Bregman has played shortstop, third base, and left field during his minor league career. If you take a look around the Astros infield, many expect A.J. Reed to be the future at first base, and Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa already have second base and shortstop on lock down. It’s likely that Bregman will play third base or head to left field.
Double-A Corpus Christi is where Bregman began the year before being promoted to Fresno. Between Double-A and Triple-A this season, Bregman is batting .306/.406/.580 with 20 home runs and 61 RBI’s.
“It’s a dream come true,” Bregman told MLB.com. “And I’m ready to go work, keep my mouth shut and hopefully help contribute.”
Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the media that he thought the timing of Bregman’s call up was just right:
“We’re rolling along pretty well and he doesn’t have to come up here and be anything but himself and contribute at a couple of different positions,” Hinch said. “It’s never going to be enough when you’re trying to teach somebody a different position, but we feel like his time is now to come up and add whatever he can to a good clubhouse and good team and not have to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders as a young player.”
The Astros currently sit at 54-44, ten games above .500 after a brutal start to the 2016 season. The Rangers currently hold a 2.5 game lead on the Astros for second in the AL West, with Houston also being a half game behind the Blue Jays for the second AL Wild Card spot. Bregman should only help Houston push towards the playoffs.
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