After going hitless in his first five Major League games, Astros rookie third baseman Alex Bregman came through with a single in an 11-0 blowout loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Although Bregman is just 1-for-22 with two walks and five strikeouts to begin his Major League career, his ascent to the Astros has been rapid after just 146 Minor League games.
Bregman was originally drafted in the 29th round of the 2012 Amateur Draft out of Albuquerque Academy. The 18 year-old Bregman opted to play collegiately at Louisiana State University, where he hit .337 with 56 doubles, 21 home runs and and 66 stolen bases in 196 games.
He was selected by the Astros second overall in he 2015 Amateur Draft and played at Class A Quad Cities and high class A Lancaster last season. Bregman combined to hit .294 wit 34 stolen bases in 66 games. He advanced to AA Corpus Cristi at the start of this season, where he hit .297 with 14 home runs in 62 games.
Continuing his quick ascent, Bregman moved to AAA Fresno and hit .333 with six home runs in only 18 games. After a 3-hit performance in the Futures Game, the Astros called up Bregman. While second base is occupied, it appears Bregman will play third base, shortstop, outfield and some designated hitter.
Manager A.J. Hinch said the timing was right to call up their number one prospect, noting that Bregman doesn’t have to try and do anything special, just be himself and learn the ropes in the Major Leagues. Expect Bregman to see some time at several positions and be a decent contributor by late in this season.