The anticipation is over. Per a team announcement, the Houston Astros will be calling up shortstop Alex Bregman on Monday. The team has also announced that they will send down Danny Worth to clear a roster spot for Bregman.
#Astros announce Alex Bregman will be selected to the Major League roster. He will join the club Monday.
— Houston Astros (@astros) July 24, 2016
Bregman, 22, was the 42nd-best prospect on a ranking by Baseball America. He was drafted second overall in 2015. Bregman has been tearing it up in Triple-A Fresno with a .333 average, six home runs, and 15 RBIs in 18 games. His performance in the Futures Game also caught the attention of many, including numerous scouts saying that Bregman is ready for the big leagues.
Bregman told MLB.com that he was “excited and ready to get to work” upon hearing the news that the Astros were promoting him.
When speaking to the media, manager A.J. Hinch said he was still unsure about where Bregman would play in the field, although it’s quite clear Bregman is here for his bat. With Carlos Correa already at shortstop, there was some speculation that Bregman would play some third base or even the outfield. Bregman did play left field this past week in Triple-A. Bregman could be a short-term solution at third base, since the Astros already announced their plans to call up Yulieski Gourriel sometime in August.
The Astros currently sit 54-44, 2.5 games back of the Rangers in the American League West. They are also only half a game out of the second Wild Card spot to the Toronto Blue Jays. The team opens a three-game set Monday night against the New York Yankees.