The Impact Of Alex Bregman

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When the Houston Astros selected Alex Bregman with the second overall pick in the 2015 draft, they knew what kind of player he was. But it is unlikely the front office realized the impact he would have in the lineup in such a short amount of time.

The Rise To Stardom

When you watch Bregman play, whether at the plate or third base, one cannot help but notice the amount of swagger Bregman displays. This swagger is something that Bregman has been playing with since his days at Louisiana State University.

Most do not know, but Bregman had the opportunity to play for the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school in 2012. Electing to pass on the offer from the Diamondbacks, which would have included being a second-round pick, Bregman chose LSU instead. During his time at LSU, Bregman wore the number 30, which would signify the number of teams passing him in the first round.

When the 2015 draft came, Bregman was hoping to be drafted first overall. The team that had the first pick in the draft was the Diamondbacks, the very club that tried to draft Bregman out of high school just three years prior. Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks had another pick in mind as Arizona opted to go with Dansby Swanson with the first overall pick. Sitting at number two overall were the Houston Astros, who received a compensation pick after the team failed to sign their number one pick from 2014. Brady Aiken picked Bregman. Arguably the best player in the draft fell into the Astros lap.

“I was super-happy to come to a good organization like the Astros, an organization that was up-and-coming,” Bregman said in an interview with the Arizona Republic.  “But, yeah, I was pissed. I wanted to be the number one overall pick. Part of the reason I wear number two is because of that.”

Bregman was ready to get to work. With the draft behind him, the next step was to make it to the show. Doing quick work in the minor leagues, Bregman was called up to the big leagues on July 25, 2016 – just a little over a year since he was drafted. From then on, Bregman has continued to carry that “swagger” that we all see today, which makes him such an important piece at the top of that Astros lineup.

Since getting called up in 2016, Bregman has been a World Series champion (2017), selected to the All-Star game twice (2018 and 2019) to which he was named the MVP of the 2018 All-Star game, won the AL Silver Slugger award for third baseman in 2019, and came in second in the American League MVP voting behind eventual winner, Mike Trout. Throughout his career, Bregman has a slash of .284/.513/.892 with 114 career home runs.

The Impact Off The Field

There is no doubt that Bregman’s impact on this Astros team and the city of Houston runs deep. Even off the field, Bregman continues to impact the community through various charity efforts, most recent, his efforts to help kids with autism. In a recent article by Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart, Bregman talks about these efforts (to read more on this, click here). Through these efforts, both on and off the field, shows just how much of an impact Bregman continues to have. Bregman is a special type of player, and the Astros are lucky to have him. As his career continues, the future is bright on this young star!

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.