Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – USA TODAY announced Tuesday that Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was 2016 USA TODAY Minor League Player of the Year.
Bregman is the first player in Houston franchise history to receive the award. He beat out his current Astros teammate RHP Joe Musgrove and four other finalists to get the award, that has been given annually to baseball’s top performing prospect since 1988. The other finalists were OF Tyler O’Neill of the Seattle Mariners, OF David Dahl of the Colorado Rockies and IF Yoan Moncada of the Boston Red Sox.
In 80 minor leagues games between Triple A Fresno (18g) and Double A Corpus Christi (62g), Bregman hit .306 with 22 doubles, two triples, 20 homers and 61 RBI.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft became the first position player from his draft class to debut in the Major Leagues this season. Bregman has been one of the top players in the American League since August 6, batting .333 with 10 doubles, one triple, seven homers, 26 RBI in 28 games. That after a slow start that saw him start 1-for-32 at the plate in his first 10 games.
Last year, Astros IF A.J. Reed was one of five finalists for the USA TODAY Minor League Player of the Year award.