Alex Bregman, one of the Fresno Grizzlies’ most prized prospects since Carlos Correa, punched his ticket to the big leagues.
The Houston Astros announced Sunday that Bregman will debut Monday in their game against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch made the announcement after their 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. The Astros will purchase Bregman’s contract and designate infielder Danny Worth for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
We feel like this is a good time to add him to a good team. We’re rolling along pretty well and he doesn’t have to come up here and be anything but himself and contribute at a couple of different positions.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch on Alex Bregman’s callup to the big leagues
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“It’s a dream come true,” Bregman told MLB.com. “And I’m ready to go work, keep my mouth shut and hopefully help contribute.”
Bregman got the news Sunday morning from Grizzlies manager Tony DeFrancesco.
“I had to call him on the phone this morning, but he’s very excited and that’s what we’re trying to do here,” DeFrancesco said. “We’re really excited for him and hopefully he will help the big club out.”
It was only a matter of time for the rising 22-year-old prospect and No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft.
Bregman has been on a tear all season, blowing through the competition at Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno. In 62 games with the Hooks, he hit .297 with 14 home runs and 46 RBIs before a promotion to Triple A.
Bregman spent 18 games with Fresno, starting his tenure with a 10-game hitting streak and leaving with a .333 average, six home runs and 15 RBIs through Saturday.
His performances in the minors earned him a spot in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game, where he wowed Astros fans with a three-hit night on July 10.
Now the former LSU star is headed to The Show, joining Houston just in time for a three-game series against the Yankees, who will throw starters Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.
Bregman, a shortstop, is expected to help the Astros at left field and third base, positions he also played in the minors.
That versatility accelerated his ascent to the major eagues.
“We laid it out when he came here,” DeFrancesco said. “He’s going to start playing some left field and third base. We got him out there as many games as we could before he got the call. Even though it was limited, he showed signs of some great athleticism at any position he can play.
“He’s going to have to do it in the big leagues now.”