It dawned on all of us this postseason that Alex Bregman is a great baseball player for the Astros.
Better yet, he is a relentless competitor and an unbelievably talented defensive player. His abilities at the plate will grow with more time, but he has already shown signs of brilliance in his time with the Astros. This is why Alex Bregman is a player to watch in 2018
Driven for More
At the age of 23, Bregman helped the Houston Astros win their first World Series title in franchise history. He blossomed from a young talent to a star on the field. He was a “steel curtain” at third base, making play after play in the biggest moments. So, after doing all this, what more could the young man want?
He wants more out of himself, more wins and more championships. If his offseason training hasn’t shown you anything, then he will show you next season. In 155 games in 2017, Bregman posted a .284 batting average, with 19 home runs, 71 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases. It is easy to compare his sophomore campaign to that of teammate Carlos Correa. Bregman is poised for a breakout season at the plate, and that can only mean great things for the Astros.
He is a Heart
Secondly, when rumors rounded social media he was a trade item for Chris Sale, he was not happy whatsoever about it. He spoke against it aggressively, and it came with criticism. Whether deserved or not, he was under the microscope. He did not shy away, and let his play speak for itself. Throughout the postseason, he projected a level of intensity that was hard to miss. He wanted as bad as anyone. Bregman has heart, and this Astros team is all heart.
He has Character
Bregman is a great young man. As seen with his family, he plays for much more than himself. He has all the qualities necessary of a young player kids should look up to.
Bregman is growing into the baseball player the Astros saw when they drafted him 2nd overall in 2015. Most importantly, he has all the tools to help the Astros win for many years to come. This is why Bregman deserves your attention in 2018. He also feels like the Astros are going to go all Drake and win back to back championships.
***Stats and Data gathered from Baseball Reference***