Week 19 Hitter:
Alex Bregman– (Owned in 26.1% of ESPN Fantasy leagues)
To say Bregman’s major league debut was a bit of a let down for fantasy owners may be an understatement. The highly touted prospect started his career with a 0-18 skid that had many fantasy owners worried.
That skid continued. Going into the series against the Texas Rangers this past weekend, Bregman had only two hits in his 35 major leagues at-bats. With the impressive minor league bat not translating to the major league game, Bregman has had a rough transition into the major leagues.
This weekend, something clicked for Bregman. In his 13 at bats against the Rangers, Bregman had four hits, including two doubles, and scored his first two career runs and RBIs.
With Marwin Gonzalez not playing much because of a hand injury, Bregman has been playing despite his struggles. Even though he may not be providing the fantasy owners the numbers to give them a reason why they stashed him on their bench from draft day to now, this is the best thing that could have happened for Bregman. Although it rarely happens on a playoff team, as the Astros have figured out, they have allowed Bregman to figure out major league pitching despite it hurting the entire offense. This is what A.J. Reed needed during his struggles, but instead he was sent down to Triple-A Fresno.
These next two series, as is every series for the next couple of weeks for the Astros, is a make or break series for their playoff hopes. If A.J. Hinch continues to put Bregman near the top of the lineup, he has the faith to be a complement table-setter to the struggling Springer.
Hopefully, this is not the best the Astros will see out of Bregman. He did show the bat they have expected of him in short spurts during the Rangers series. Although Bregman may not be a fantasy start every day, especially during the weekend series in Toronto, with the momentum of the Rangers series, hopefully, he has turned into a viable offensive option for the Astros and fantasy owners this week.
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