Astros’ Prospects Represented Well at the Double-A All-Star Game
Alex Bregman technically played his last game as a Corpus Christi Hook last night as a member of the Texas South All-Star team that won 8-5 over the North with the same name. Bregman started the game at shortstop along with Teoscar Hernandez in right field and Derek Fisher in center. This trio has led the Hooks offense all season, but two of the players will be packing up for Fresno now that the All-Star game is over.
Bregman participated in the pre-game home run derby and hit four homers during that contest. This guy has done everything right this season and is turning heads with his play. The Astros might have to give the kid a chance to play with the big team at some point this season. Bregman is a shortstop, but with the presence of Carlos Correa, he’s transitioning to third base.
Following the game, Bregman said this about his transition to third base via John Miller. “I’m very comfortable at third. I’m just as comfortable there as I am at shortstop,” Bregman said. “I’ve had about 12-15 starts there, I feel great over there. I feel like I can contribute there and help out or wherever they put me. I can play short, second, outfield, it doesn’t matter to me. I just feel very comfortable right now.”
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Before I get to the game, one interesting thing that Miller wrote was that Bregman could not confirm or deny that he is about to be promoted to Triple-A. It is interesting that the club has not announced that he is being promoted. The Astros wanted him to experience the All-Star game because he has played well all season.
Now for the actual All-Star game, the South’s starting pitcher was Keegan Yuhl, who pitched one scoreless inning to qualify for the win. Yuhl allowed one hit, but only threw 14 pitches on the night. Also appearing on the mound for the Hooks was Evan Grills and Edison Frias, with Grills being the only Hooks pitcher to allow a run on three hits.
At the plate, leadoff hitter Hernandez had a hit and a walk scoring both times but struck out twice. In typical Hernandez fashion, he displayed his speed with a stolen base; he has 29 on the season. Bregman hit third in the lineup, going 2-3 with a homer and an RBI. Fisher hit cleanup and went 1-3 with a single in his plate appearances.
J.D. Davis also got some playing time at third base, had one hit, but had an error at third base as well. While Frisco outfielder Ryan Cordell took home the MVP Award, the Hooks made their presence known in that game. Look for an announcement soon on Bregman and Hernandez’s impending promotion to Fresno.
***Stats from MiLB.com***