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In the world of baseball, a highly touted prospect by the name of Alex Bregman has made his way onto the MLB scene. Bregman made his debut on July 25th against the New York Yankees and has shown minimal production in the 9 games since then. His production level isn’t just poor, it’s almost non-existent. This post will talk about why the Astros’ decision to have him called up was rushed.
Disclaimer: The flavor of this post may be biased based on my personal feelings at this particular point in time. Opinions stated are to be viewed and interpreted at your own discretion.
Bregman put up solid numbers in the minors. In 2015, he put up a slash line of .294/.366/.415 in his split time between A and A+, respectable numbers for year number one in the minors. At the beginning of this year, Bregman was promoted to AA and put up an even better slash line of .297/.415/.559, which likely prompted his promotion to the Astros’ AAA affiliate. It was his time in AAA that opened some eyes. In just 18 games, Bregman caught fire and slugged 6 home runs while batting .333/.373/.641. That spurt of production gave the Astros organization the green light to call up Bregman.
Since his debut, Bregman has held a batting average of .053 in 10 games. That is the definition of a slump in every way, shape and form. And if not, then worse — it is a sign that he is not ready at the major league level. One could argue that 10 games of poor production is a small sample size, but then again, so is 18 games of excellent production at the AAA level.
Byron Buxton was another highly rated prospect who had a similar rough start to his MLB career after putting up gaudy minor league numbers. He has only maintained a batting average around the Mendoza line since being called up in 2015. Similarly, all signs point for a bad time at the MLB level for Bregman, but only time will tell whether this post’s evaluation holds true.