HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The wait among Astros fans for the arrival of top prospect Alex Bregman ends on Monday as the rookie infielder makes his MLB debut at Minute Maid Park against the New York Yankees. Bregman will wear number 2 start at third base and bat sixth in the Astros line-up for his debut.
Bregman, drafted 2nd overall by the Astros in 2015 out of LSU, has been an offensive phenomenon through his 146 games in the minor leagues for the Astros.
During his 2016 season which includes stops at AA and AAA, Bregman is hitting .306 with 20 home runs and 61 RBIs in just 80 minor league games.
Bregman, in his introductory press conference was thankful for the excitement from the fans who anxiously anticipated his arrival to the big leagues, but was focussed on the game itself.
“I’m thankful that (the fans) wanted me to be here,” Bregman said. “I’ve really just been trying to keep my head down and play baseball, just worry about playing the game and worry about what happens in-between the lines and that’s it.”
With Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa being entrenched at second base and shortstop respectively, the two positions Bregman is accustomed to playing, Bregman will play at various spots on the diamond. Before Monday’s game Astros manager AJ Hinch indicated that while Bregman will play at third on Monday, he will see time in left field and as a DH. Hinch also said he could play at either middle infield position when Correa or Altuve needs a day off.
Bregman isn’t worried about what position he plays on a daily basis.
“I’m here just to keep my mouth shut and try to help the team win games that’s it,” Bregman said. “I don’t care where I play and wherever I do play I’ll play hard and give it everything I’ve got.”
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