Astros’ Prospect Bregman Hints at Promotion Friday
By Eric Huysman
More signs that Alex Bregman’s chance is coming
If you have listened to Talking Stros this week, you are not surprised by the news that came from Sports Radio 610’s Triple Threat. During an interview, Alex Bregman was asked by Sean Pendergast, who does he expect to make his debut against? Bregman is smart, and he knows he can’t come out in the open and say when he will be coming up. He may also not know, but he found a way to answer.
“I don’t know,” Bregman said. “I think he’s wearing red and gray. I don’t know.”
Thanks to The Triple Threat for the quote, they might have accidentally broken the news about Bregman’s promotion. The Astros play an upcoming series versus the Angels starting Friday night, which is also Correa Fedora night. The Angels primary colors on the road are red and gray, which could mean that he’s planning on playing Friday.
We could be reading into this too much, but it makes too much sense for him to come up now. The Astros have an off day on Thursday, in which they could talk to the player going down. In this case, I think it will be Danny Worth, but he might be out of options. I wrote today that A.J. Reed could use a little more time in Triple-A, but I think the Astros will give him a little longer. Jake Marisnick is a clubhouse favorite, so his job might be safe.
Another reason, Bregman is playing in Round Rock, which is three hours away from Minute Maid Park. We can call him a Uber to help him get down to Houston. I know that many Astros fans went up to Round Rock to watch their future third baseman play. With the large Astros fans in attendance, maybe it was like playing in front of the home crowd. He responded well going 3 for 5 with a double and two stolen bases while scoring three times.
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We all knew that Bregman would be a good hitter, but not too many people saw the power surge this season. Preston Tucker echoed this sentiment on Talking Stros two weeks ago. People can’t seem to stop talking about Bregman, as I wrote here. Bregman has an impressive slash line of .310/ .412/ .599/ 1.010 with 20 homers and 61 RBI’s unless you count the one he hit in the Triple-A All-Star game.
Bregman said on Talking Stros and reiterated it on The Triple Threat that he feels comfortable at third base. He told the guys that he has played in the outfield before in summer leagues and will be comfortable playing anywhere. We talked about where he will play on Talking Stros, I strongly believe that he will play third base, with Luis Valbuena moving to first base. When Yulieski Gurriel is ready, Gurriel could possibly play the outfield.
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I’m going to curb my enthusiasm until we get the official news, but Bregman has dominated Triple-A and deserves the call-up. It is odd that he would know already, but you never know. Is it Friday yet? Bregman is playing third base tonight for the Grizzlies.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***