Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Astros are in a playoff race for both the division (4.5 games back of TEX) and the wild card (1.5 back of TOR). One piece that the Astros think will help get them over the top is Alex Bregman, the team’s top prospect in the minor leagues. On Tuesday, Bregman joined Sean Pendergast, Rich Lord and ted Johnson on the Triple Threat on SportsRadio 610 to talk about the growth as a player and when he might get the call to join the Astros.
The 22-year-old didn’t specifically say when he expected to be called up by the Astros but he might have hinted at it heavily when Pendergast asked him who he pictures his first big league at-bat against.
“I don’t know,” Bregman said. “I think he’s wearing red and gray. I don’t know.”
There are two teams that wear red and gray in the division for the Astros, the Rangers, and the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels start a three-game series in Houston on Friday. It would be a fitting time to call up Bregman as, the 2015 2nd overall pick, is hitting .362 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 13 games at AAA Fresno. He’s batting .310 with 21 home runs and 61 RBI this season in the minor leagues.
The only problem standing in the way of Bregman’s promotion seems to be his position. He plays shortstop for the Grizzlies and the Astros have the reigning AL Rookie of the Year in Carlos Correa at short right now. That could mean a move to third base where Bregman did play 13 games this season while with Corpus Christie at AA.
“I feel very comfortable at third, short where ever,” Bregman said. “It doesn’t matter where they put me. I feel ready to help contribute. It’s been a fun year so far and hopefully keep that up and win some games in the big leagues.”
Moving around from position to position and even a spot in the outfield isn’t out of question for Bregman who enjoys the challenge of different positions.
“I’ve had some really good coaches in this organization work with me on the move to third base,” Bregman said. “I actually took flyballs in left field for the first time. I feel very comfortable there. I played out there in summer ball a little bit. I’ve caught before. It’s fun playing different positions.”
Alex said he feels comfortable wherever the Astros want to put him and he’d “figure out a way to get the job done.”
All of that is very exciting for Astros fans who have awaited the arrival of this top prospect, accelerating that excitement in the last few weeks since he has been crushing the ball at AAA. It doesn’t seem like it will be that much longer that fans will have to wait.
Bregman ended the interview with the Triple Threat with, “See you soon.”
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