2017 Rookie of the Year?
The second overall pick of the 2015 MLB Draft, Bregman made a big impression in his three seasons at LSU. He had a career .337 average with a .923 OPS. As his career at LSU progressed, two areas of Bregman’s game progressed as well. First was his speed. He started his freshman year with 16 stolen bases in 17 attempts. The stolen base became more of a part of his game in his final season where he stole 38 bases in 48 tries.
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The second part of Bregman’s game that progressed was his power. His home run numbers may not be very impressive with 6, 6, and nine seasons in his three seasons at LSU. However if you look closer, his number of at-bats between home runs decreased from 47 in his freshman year to 28.9 in 2015.
His first year in the Astros organization was solid. Between Single-A Quad Cities and A+ Lancaster, Bregman hit .294 with a .781 OPS with four home runs and 34 RBIs. Drafted as a shortstop out of college and with Correa at that position for what seems like the long haul, Bregman will need to learn a new position, which people are guessing as third base, to get into the lineup. With the upside Bregman has, though, it won’t take much for him to be a solid force in the lineup sooner than later.
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