The Astros fell to the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 2017 World Series on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, so what follows can be considered cold comfort to Houston and their rooters. That said: It's time to talk about Alex Bregman. It seems odd to cast a player like Bregman as being given short shrift, considering he was highly regarded from the outset. The Astros notably took him second overall out of LSU in the 2015 Draft, and they did so with the compensation pick they received for not signing Brady Aiken, the top overall pick in 2014. Coming into the 2016 season, Bregman was ranked as the No. 22 overall prospect by MLB. That's the year Bregman debuted in the majors, and he rather famously endured an immediate drought that saw him register just two hits through his first 10 big-league games. From that point through the end of his rookie season, however, Bregman authored a line of .313/.354/.577. Then of course came his "sophomore" campaign of 2017. For the eventual AL champs, Bregman batted .284/.352/.475 (128 OPS+) with 19 homers; 39 doubles; 17 stolen bases; and time spent at short, second, and third. He's still just 23. Given the scouting reports, the minor-league track record and how excellent he's been over the first 200-plus games of his major-league career, Bregman would seem to be one of the most recognizable young players in the game. He's really not, though. Where he tends to bat in the Houston lineup says a lot about this matter. During the regular season, he spent 196 plate appearances in the 2-hole, which is highest total at any slot. Coming in second, however, is the lowly eighth spot, where he spent 195 plate appearances.
Why the Astros' underappreciated Alex Bregman should be a household name
CBS Sports | Oct 25