Alex Bregman Leads the Next Wave of Houston Astros

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Projecting the Future

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Bregman brings a winning culture with him. Bregman has won a state championship, a gold medal, been a key piece of two LSU teams that reached the College World Series and has received countless individual accolades.

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In a small sample size with Quad Cities, Bregman is hitting .269/.347/.358, which is nothing to write home about, but he has only struck out five times in his first 60+ at-bats. Conventional logic says that if you put the ball in play, good things are bound to happen.

Bregman struck out in only 8% of his at-bats in his college career. For comparison, that’s the same strikeout percentage that Jose Altuve maintained in his stellar 2014 campaign. It’s pretty well noted that the Astros could use a high-contact guy, and Bregman would be that fit in the Astros’ lineup.

Defensively, many projected Bregman as a future second baseman because of his height, or lack thereof, but Bregman has shown he is capable of making any play at the position.

Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers, and Vincent Velasquez have performed as advertised, but success in Major League Baseball is often just as hard to predict as the draft itself. Alex Bregman, though,  is a high-floor player that should be fast tracked to the Astros in a year or two.

Of course Correa is already touted as one of the next great all-around shortstops, but a guy as talented as Bregman will find his way into the line-up and onto the field, even if it’s not as the Astros’ shortstop.

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