Alex is the son of prominent Albuquerque attorney Sam Bregman, who barely played during his freshman and only season of college baseball at New Mexico. And he’s the grandson of Stan Bregman, who served as general counsel for the Washington Senators.
Alex's grandfather Stan Bregman, husband of Sandra Kneifl Bregman, was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. He moved to Texas in 1971 in a sale of the Washington Senators that he helped negotiate. He also helped the Rangers sign Hall of Famer Ted Williams as the team's general manager. His grandfather saw all of Alex's games in high school.
His great-grandfather Samuel "Bo" Bregman immigrated from Russia to Washington, DC, around 1900, and married Sadie Hurwitz Bregman. He promoted boxing cards that featured, among others, Joe Louis, Billy Conn, and Bob Foster.
Bregman is Jewish.
In 2010, Bregman put his name on the map by hitting .564/.596/.846 for USA Baseball's 16-and-under team.
In 2011, he followed that up by hitting .378/.500/.459 when he played for the 18-and-under team. And he broke New Mexico's high school single-season home run record with 18 in 2011.
In 2010 as a high school sophomore at the age of 16, Bregman became the first high school player to win the USA Baseball Player of the Year Award.
In 2012, Alex graduated from Albuquerque Academy (high school) with a baseball scholarship to LSU in hand.
That June, Bregman passed up Red Sox offers after they chose him in the 29th round of the draft, sticking with his LSU scholarship.
In 2013, Baseball America named Bregman as their Freshman of the Year after he hit a team-best .380 entering the College World Series while leading the Tigers in hits (104, second in the country), triples (seven), doubles (18) and steals (16 of 17). He added six homers and 52 RBIs.
In 2014, as a sophomore, he had this line: .316/.397/.455—not quite as good as his frosh season.
Alex's strong work ethic helps explain how he made himself into a very good shortstop as a freshman, after spending his junior and senior seasons of high school as a catcher. A good case in point came shortly after the fall semester ended but before everybody headed home, Katz said.
It was about 10:00 p.m. and Bregman wanted to take some fielding practice. The only hitch, LSU teammate Mason Katz said, was that the two players couldn’t get the lights turned on at the stadium. Still, Bregman insisted Katz blast some grounders toward short.
“He told me if he can field it in the dark, then he could field it with the lights on,” Katz said. “He didn’t miss any.”
Bregman has what some refer to as "Albuquerque Swagger." At the start of the 2015 college season, Baseball America writer Michael Lananna said the Alex might well be the epitome of Albuquerque Swagger.
There's something about being from Albuquerque that thickens your skin, hardens your heart, eases your mind. Ray Birmingham defines it:
Birmingham, who has coached in New Mexico for almost 40 years explained: “We’re the little dog in the big-dog bullpen. The thing is—there’s no fear, and there’s no doubt. We know we’re going to get punched. We know we’re going to get knocked down, and we know people think we’re not supposed to, but we’re going to.”
Just ask Bregman if he thinks he can stick at shortstop in the Majors.
“Not one person has told me I can’t play shortstop,” he says, “Until someone does—and until someone tells me why I can’t—then I don’t understand why I wouldn’t be able to.”
He doesn’t say it boastfully. He isn’t arrogant. But there’s an assurance about him. He’s the kind of guy who expects to be great, who expects to hit .400 and nearly does.
Blake Swihart remembers driving to a high school baseball tournament in Utah, with Bregman in the passenger seat, singing every song on the radio at the top of his lungs.
Bregman has always been high-energy, the kind of person who gets to the ballpark before everyone else, who’d rather take ground balls than sleep. Swihart grew up with Bregman, played travel ball with him and faced him at times in high school. They went their separate ways after school—with Bregman going to LSU and Swihart joining the Red Sox—but they remain close friends.
When Alex struggled as a sophomore at LSU in 2014, when he slumped for the first time in his life, Swihart was one of the people he turned to for advice.
“I told him, ‘Look, that’s baseball,’” said Swihart, a catcher. “I’ve gone 0 for like 38 before. And I said, ‘Hey, it’s going to happen, and this is your first time experiencing it, and it’s all about how you act when it’s happening that people are going to respect.’ You have to act professional. When you get to pro ball, you’re not going to hit .400 like you do in college.”
The final stat line on Bregman’s sophomore season in 2014 reads .316/.393/.419 with six home runs and 47 RBIs in 244 at-bats. To the naked eye, that’s not a bad season. But it’s a regression from Bregman’s .369/.417/.546 freshman year. It also doesn’t tell the whole story. Sandwiched between a hot start to the year and a hot end, Bregman hit just .212/.285/.271 in 29 SEC games.
“It was definitely a little transition because teams were saying, ‘We’re not going to let you beat us,’’’ Bregman said. “I had never been pitched that way before in my life.
In the last eight games of the regular season, Bregman batted .417 with four doubles, 13 RBIs and three of his six home runs on the year. And that offensive surge continued in the NCAA tournament, where he went 8-for-15.
LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said, "I think he showed his true greatness. Because when he went through the worst hitting slump of his life, he never took the bat out to shortstop with him. His enthusiasm never waned, he never stopped hustling, he never stopped caring about winning and cheering on his teammates.”
Bregman’s father, Sam, instilled in him the idea that it doesn’t matter whether you go 0-for-4 or 4-for-4—hustle never takes a day off. His work ethic is so good that he sets the tone for pre-game practice.
“If you open up Webster’s Dictionary to the term ‘baseball player,’ there’s a picture of Alex Bregman there,” Mainieri said. “The uniform’s going to be covered in mud. He’s going to have blood trickling out of his elbow scabs. This kid would rather play baseball than eat or sleep. He just loves the game so much, and nothing’s going to stop him.” (Michael Lananna - Baseball America - 2/25/2015)
At LSU, Alex majored in sports administration.
Scouts love his makeup, and coaches, teammates and fans appreciate his hard-nosed hustle, smart play, and quiet swagger. He has a hard-nosed mentality to go with his impressive instincts for the game.
Playing T-ball at 5 years old, Alex turned an unassisted triple play, catching a line drive, tagging a runner, and then stepping on second base. "We thought, 'That was weird,'" his mother, Jackie, said. "'This kid knows the game.'" (Rome - mlb.com - 6/24/15)
"It was the best thing that ever happened to me, going to school," Bregman said. "The three years at LSU were the most fun three years of my life. Just to be able to say I did it and found a way to grind through those three years and get drafted. It's just the beginning now—ready to get to work."
And when the shortstop puts his mind to something, his mother said it yields fantastic results. "Baseball is his true love," Jackie said. "When he loves something, he goes for it." (Rome - mlb.com - 6/24/15)
June 2015: Bregman was the Astros first round pick, and the second pick overall, behind only Dansby Swanson. And Alex signed for about $1.5 million under slot for a bonus of $5.9 million. Jon Cryer is the scout who signed Alex.
Alex vowed to work on all aspects of the game the offseason before 2016 spring training.
"I think I can improve just physically in the form of getting stronger, more flexible, more stable, more agile,” he said. “That’s going to be my focus this offseason.” He added 20 pounds of solid strength.
In 2016, Baseball America rated Bregman as the third-best prospect in the Astros organization.
Alex was a batboy for the University of New Mexico baseball team, and in 2004 served as a batboy for a game against Arizona State University and his then-favorite baseball player, Dustin Pedroia.
- A former teammate and rival, Dansby Swanson was asked if Bregman was good at anything. So Swanson just asked his friend,
“Hey Bregman,” he called to his confidant, dressing three lockers to his left. “You got any skill sets other than baseball? Bregman didn’t skip a beat. “No,” he called back . . . then reconsidered. “Well, I’m pretty good at chess.”
September 2016: Bregman was chosen as the year's MLB Pipeline.com Hitter of the Year. Bregman posted remarkable numbers in the Minors, batting .306/.406/.580 with 44 extra-base hits, 20 home runs and 61 RBIs, with more walks (47) than strikeouts (38) in 80 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno.
July 25, 2016: Alex became the first position player from the 2015 draft to reach the Major Leagues when he debuted for Houston. His contributions since then on both sides of the ball have helped to keep the Astros in the playoff race.
In 2016, Bregman was named the Astros' Minor League Player of the Year. Bregman, hit .306 with 22 doubles, 20 homers, 61 RBIs and a .986 OPS in 80 games between Triple-A Fresno and Double-A Corpus Christi before making his Major League debut with the Astros in July.
A Double-A Texas League Midseason and Postseason All-Star. Bregman started at third base for the U.S. Team in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and fell a home run shy of the cycle in a 3-for-5 performance. Bregman was also named the ESPN.com Prospect of the Year and the USA TODAY Minor League Player of the Year.
Alex brings quality tools and an even more impressive approach to the game, along with a great attitude.
January 13, 2017: Bregman announced that he will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Alex is grateful that his mother, Jackie, taught him to work hard and pushed him to succeed, but at the same time, was caring and loving about it.
"She was a huge influence. She's a very hard-working person herself and she basically taught me what hard work was all about. She'd kick us out of the house after school and make us go play baseball or basketball or football or whatever was in season, on the cul-de-sac. She'd come out there and play with us and pitch to us. It was a blast growing up in a house where you have motivating parents, and my mom would always challenge me no matter what it was.
"When we were playing chess in the house, she would never let me win until I was good enough to beat her. It was always a competition. She was also always there for me. She was a very caring, loving mom, and the sacrifices she made to allow me to get to where I am today, I'll be forever in debt.
"She drove me to every single practice, flew me to ... you name it ... Minnesota, Iowa, wherever we were playing a tournament, she was there. She was always very supportive throughout the whole process." (McTaggert – mlb.com – 5/12/17)
Alex’s godson was diagnosed with autism a year and a half ago, and the opportunity came for him to participate in the New York Center for Autism Charter School's fifth annual baseball extravaganza.
Bregman didn't think twice about volunteering. "Immediately when I got this opportunity to come out here, I jumped on it," Bregman said. "I've had nothing but fun today. It's been a blast."
Bregman and teammate Jake Marisnick represented the MLB Players Trust at DREAM Baseball Field, where they played baseball with a few dozen autistic students from the five boroughs of New York City. The Players Trust is a charitable foundation created by MLB players to help improve the lives of others through community involvement.
For about an hour, Bregman and Marisnick ran the bases and played catch with the students. They pitched plastic Whiffle balls and rubber baseballs to the children and cheered them on when the bat connected with the ball. There were no shortages of high fives or smiles from both the professional players and their youth counterparts.
One student named Odin briefly stood in the infield grass while one of his classmates hit, but he couldn't contain the joy of the day by staying still. He started laughing and ran toward second base with his hands in the air. It was that kind of day for many of the students.
"It's awesome to come out here and see the joy these kids have [playing]," Marisnick said. "And it helps us to come out here and see these kids and how much fun they're having. It reminds us we're playing a game."
Players Trust director Melissa Persaud said this event allows the parents of the students with autism a chance to see their children in a normal Little League setting. Their kids are playing baseball on a youth baseball field, and they get to cheer them on.
"They're able to see their kids in almost a regular Little League experience, running the bases and interacting with Major League players," Persaud said. "It's great for the children, but I think it's equally exciting and rewarding for the parents themselves."
Said Bregman: "This is so much fun. You see how much fun the kids are having. And to be able to watch them smile and play the game that we play for a living really puts everything in perspective. Any time I can work with MLB Players Association to do events like this again, I will." (Martell – mlb.com – 5/12/17)
Alex is fluent in Spanish and teaches Spanish classes in the offseason.
Christmas 2017: Alex told his mother he could not come home for Christmas that year, but he changed his mind and surprised her by hiding in a box that she opened that morning. Surprise!
2018 Improvements: Bregman has been touting a new look since the off season as he has been committed to changing his dieting habits to obviously give him an competitive edge going into the season. He had a gradual start back in 2017 but then his production increased exponentially with heroics through the season as well as his most shining moment in his career thus far, his walk-off single in Game 5 of the Fall Classic.
Bregman got down-and-dirty with MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart and he talked about some of transitions he made in the off season:
“I really focused on my core and my diet,” Bregman said. “I’d be a guy who drank eight Dr. Peppers a day and ate pizza and hamburgers for every meal. I kind of made a little bit of a change with that, and now I eat salmon, quinoa, kale, and stuff like that. I feel better. My body feels better.”
- Bregman always has the dirtiest uniform on the Astros every night, it seems.
In 2018, Alex's brother, A.J., was selected by the Astros in the 35th round.
"Little bro just got drafted by the 'Stros. That's awesome," Alex said while standing next to A.J., who happened to be at Minute Maid Park to watch his older brother face the Mariners. "I had no idea. Just incredible."
The Bregman brothers just dueled it out in the 2017 offseason. Lefty A.J. pitched to Alex and what followed remains unclear. "I say that it was a double, and he says it was a popup," Alex said, jokingly.
On June 5, 2018, shortly after Alex finished taking batting practice with his brother posted in front of the Astros' dugout, he walked over to A.J., who then began critiquing his older brother's swing from watching him in the cage.
"He told me, 'Stay inside the ball a little bit more' during [batting practice]," Alex said. "I said, 'Why don't you stop worrying about my swing and check Twitter or something. 'You just got drafted by the 'Stros.'"
A.J. said, "I'm so happy now. It was amazing. It was surreal. I'm just so excited that happened. I can't take it all in right now. Pretty shocked. I had no idea, honestly." (Boutwell - mlb.com - 6/6/18)
June 24, 2018: Something was on Alex Bregman's mind. He just couldn't shake the thought. It was with him while he popped out in the first inning of Houston's 11-3 win over the Royals, and it followed him when he walked in the team's eight-run second inning.
He had to shave. The scruff on his face just wasn't cutting it anymore, so he cut it off ... between at-bats. By the time he came up again in the fourth, he had a new, even more youthful look than before.
July 2018: Bregman was selected to play in the MLB All-Star game. He also participated in the Home Run Derby. Bregman was given the Ted Williams MVP Award presented by Chevrolet for his role in the AL's sixth straight win in the Midsummer Classic.
Jan 26, 2019: Bregman is not one to hold things close to the vest, especially considering that he's one of the most active users of social media of any player currently in the Major Leagues. Bregman has a YouTube channel, actively posts on his Instagram account and is not shy about interacting with fans on Twitter. So when he was required to stay mum about his image showing up on the cover of R.B.I. Baseball 2019, he was extra cautious about not letting anything slip.
The secret was revealed at Astros FanFest, when Bregman and Astros radio analyst Steve Sparks stood on a stage at the Astros Social Media Zone in Union Station and unveiled to hundreds of fans a poster of Bregman as the cover athlete of R.B.I. Baseball 2019. Bregman has known about this since last season. In Baltimore in September 2018, he posed for the cover during a lengthy photo shoot.
"I was pumped up," he said. "My agent called me and said, 'You're going to be on the cover of R.B.I. Baseball.' I was like, 'Are you serious?' It's unbelievable. Dream come true. I was yelling into the phone. I was super excited."
The decision to put him on the cover occurred around the same time he was on a mid-season tear, which ended up padding his career-best numbers in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (31) and RBIs (103).
Bregman has only two full Major League seasons under his belt, but he's proven to be one of the club's most valuable players. A key component of the Astros' World Series championship run in 2017, Bregman in 2018 became the first player in history to have 30 homers and 50 doubles in a season while playing the majority of his games at third base. At 24, he's the youngest player in club history with a 30-homer season and he's also the fifth player in Major League history with a 50-double, 30-homer season prior to turning 30 years old.
According to Bregman, there's still room for improvement. "I told one of my best friends—we're just getting started," he said. "This is just the beginning. We're just scratching the surface of what I feel like I can accomplish in this game. "I feel like I have so much to improve on. I feel like last year, about June, was really when I started to see a change and said, 'That's the kind of baseball player you are.' You continuously learn throughout your career, but from June on I felt like that's the kind of a representation of who I want to be on the field."
Bregman's selection for the video game's U.S. and global covers make him the fourth consecutive player younger than 25 to be featured by R.B.I. Baseball, joining Francisco Lindor (2018), Corey Seager (2017) and Mookie Betts (2016). The cover athlete for R.B.I. Baseball 19 in Canada will be Blue Jays infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., the younger brother of Bregman's teammate, Yuli Gurriel. (A Footer - MLB.com - Jan 26, 2019)
March 2, 2019: The night before his first baseball game since undergoing right elbow surgery several weeks earlier, Alex Bregman dreamt he was going to be hit by a pitch. He woke up in a sweat, looked at his clock, which read 7 a.m., and went back to sleep happy it was only a dream.
A few hours later, in his third plate appearance in the game against the Mets at First Data Field, the Astros All-Star third baseman was struck on the left elbow by a Jeurys Familia pitch. Bregman was bruised but otherwise OK because he had just borrowed the elbow guard of teammate Alex De Goti.
“De Goti saved my life today,” Bregman said. “Or else I would have been on the shelf for a minute.” Bregman, who underwent surgery on Jan. 11, made his Grapefruit League debut, drawing a pair of walks against Noah Syndergaard before getting hit by a pitch. He only swung the bat once in three plate appearances. He didn’t get any balls hit to him while he was in the game on defense, so the arm wasn’t tested.
“I got to throw the ball across [the infield] in between innings,” he joked.
March 11, 2019: Bregman told MLB.com he was disappointed after having his contract renewed by the Astros at a salary of $640,500 for the 2019 season, a figure which represents only a $41,500 raise from 2018 but which he feels is less than fair compensation.
Bregman, coming off a breakout year in 2018 in which he led the Astros in nearly every offensive category and finished fifth in the AL MVP voting, said he told the team to renew him at the league minimum of $555,000 after they couldn't reach an agreement, and the Astros instead renewed him at $640,500.
"I'm just disappointed and I feel like I outperformed that last year," Bregman said. "I understand that it's a business, but I feel like good business would be wanting to make a player who performed at a high level on your team happy and want to feel like he wanted to be kept and feel like they wanted him to play here forever. I'm just disappointed it doesn't seem like the same amount of want."
Players who haven't signed a long-term contract extension or accrued the MLB service time necessary to be eligible for salary arbitration can have their contract renewed by their club as a one-year deal for the coming season. There's little room for negotiation and the Astros typically have put players back at the minimum if they didn't come to a contract agreement.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said the Bregman renewal represents the second-highest pre-arbitration salary the club has ever given out, in addition to being top 10 in league history. Last year, the Astros renewed Carlos Correa for $1 million in his final year before arbitration. (B McTaggart - MLB.com - March 11, 2019)
Alex intends to have a sizable donation ready to hand over when the calendar flips to May 2019, because April is Autism Awareness Month. Bregman, through his foundation, AB for Autism, has pledged to donate $1,000 for every Astros win in April 2019. The first installment arrived on April 1, after their 2-1 win over the Rangers.
"I bet you we donate a lot of money," Bregman said.
Bregman's affiliation with autism awareness began shortly after he broke into the big leagues. He was inspired by the son of a close friend who was diagnosed with autism several years ago. After noting how much progress young Brady made after working with iPads as a form of communication therapy, Bregman raised funds to donate iPads to schools that specialize in helping kids with autism. That’s where the proceeds for this current fundraising effort will be directed.
Bregman also has a goal to someday open a school for kids with autism. He cited NBA star LeBron James' I Promise School for at-risk youth as his inspiration. Bregman said. "Hopefully, we can do that for kids with autism. That's the end goal. We've been hopefully impacting a lot of lives already by helping them learn and communicate. Brady was pretty much non-verbal before he started using the iPad. Since he's been using the iPad, he's been able to communicate a lot better.
"A lot of families with kids with autism can't afford speech therapy for their children and can't afford to get them in the best schools for autism. We're trying to help make a difference in those communities."
Through a partnership with baseball equipment manufacturer Easton Baseball, Bregman's foundation also is offering limited edition AB for Autism batting gloves, which Bregman said have already sold out through Easton's website.
The gloves, which Bregman wears during games, are designed with a logo of puzzle pieces that is affiliated with autism awareness. His batting practice attire includes a baby blue T-shirt—a color also associated with autism awareness—that says "AB for Autism" on the front and contain Bregman's uniform No. 2, designed with the colorful puzzle pieces, on the back. (Footer - mlb.com - 4/3/19)
Oct.1, 2019: For the second year in a row, infielder Alex Bregman and pitcher Justin Verlander were named the Astros MVP and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, by the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.Bregman was named Astros MVP after hitting .296 and leading the team in OPS (1.015), home runs (41), runs (122), RBIs (112), walks (119), on-base percentage (.423) and slugging percentage (.592). Bregman started 91 games at third base and 59 at shortstop.
Nov. 14, 2019: Bregman finished second in AL MVP voting. Mike Trout’s third career AL Most Valuable Player Award was won by a razor-thin margin over Astros infielder Alex Bregman, who put together a terrific season to nearly give the Astros a sweep of the three postseason player awards handed out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Trout and Bregman appeared first and second on all 30 ballots, with the Angels’ star garnering 17 first-place votes and Bregman 13 in balloting. Trout finished with 355 points, just ahead of Bregman’s 335. A’s shortstop Marcus Semien was third with 228 votes.
Jan 18, 2020: Alex Bregman and José Altuve were measured in their comments at the team’s annual FanFest when they spoke publicly for the first time about the sign-stealing scandal. An investigation led to the suspension and dismissal by Astros owner Jim Crane of GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch.
Both players expressed an interest in moving forward and generally averted answers about their roles in the violations. The only denials from Bregman and Altuve came when they were asked if they wore electronic buzzers under their jerseys to steal signs.
“That’s ridiculous,” Altuve said. “MLB did their investigation and they didn’t find anything.”
Bregman called the buzzer allegations “stupid.”
Speculation arose on social media that Altuve didn’t want his jersey ripped off by his teammates after his walk-off homer against the Yankees' Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 of the 2019 ALCS because he was wearing an electronic device on his chest that provided signals about which type of pitch was coming. In a postgame interview after the home run, Altuve said modesty was the reason he preferred not to be shirtless.
“Even though it wasn’t true, we all know some people made that up,” Altuve said. “The best thing that happened to me is MLB investigated that and didn’t find something. But at the same time, you can’t control [everything].”
The buzzer rumors came on the heels of the fallout from the nine-page report in which MLB laid out how Astros players spearheaded an effort to use video equipment and a feed from a center-field camera to steal opposing pitchers’ signs and relay them to batters by banging a trash can.
MLB suspended Luhnow and Hinch, fined the Astros $5 million and stripped them of their first-round and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021. Crane promptly fired Luhnow and Hinch.
“I feel bad for them,” Altuve said. “They were good guys. They show up every day to do their job, but like I said, once again we have to keep going and move forward. We don’t have any choices right now.”
Bregman stuck to a script throughout his interview with the media, saying on several occasions: “The Commissioner came out with a report, MLB did their report and the Astros did what they did. They made their decision what they’re going to do and I have no other thoughts on it.” (B McTaggart - MLB.com - Jan 18, 2020)
Astros biggest trash talker: The 2019 AL MVP runner-up doesn’t just let his play do the talking. Early this spring, Bregman said: “There's no other city that I would like to beat more this year than Boston,” after the Red Sox eliminated the Astros in the 2018 ALCS.
Bregman also shot back at Aaron Judge after the Astros beat the Yankees in the 2019 ALCS. After Judge had said they knew the series would be going back to Houston when they woke up prior to Game 5, Bregman said following the Game 6 clincher: "We knew this morning when we woke up, we were going to be watching football tomorrow.”
Bregman is active on Twitter, as well, where he has poked at friend Trevor Bauer several times over the last couple years. (MLB.com - Apr. 29, 2020)
May 19, 2020: Bregman is back in the news because he has decided to move on from his agent, Brodie Scottfield, and his affiliated agency, Klutch Sports.
This is interesting news considering Klutch is directly associated with LeBron James, and the NBA star recently announced that his production company will produce a documentary about the Astros' cheating scandal. (Steven Kubitza)
2020 Season: After a terrific ’19 season in which he finished a close second to Mike Trout in the American League Most Valuable Player race, Bregman struggled through much of 2020 like several star players did around the Major Leagues. He hit .242/.350/.451 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 42 games. He was out from Aug. 20 to Sept. 8 with a hamstring strain.
Feb. 10, 2021: The year 2020 wasn't the easiest for Houston Astros player Alex Bregman and his wife, Reagan Bregman, but they discovered sweetness in the middle of chaos. Like millions of couples, the MLB player and his wife-to-be faced an initial wedding postponement when COVID arrived stateside last spring. Though hopeful, the Bregmans nevertheless had to postpone their wedding, yet again, when it became clear that large group gatherings would put their immediate loved ones at risk. Between wedding woes and a leg strain for the future groom, the couple ultimately decided to do what was best for everyone: a safely-held, backyard microwedding with only their nearest and dearest. The wedding included a backyard performance by Paul Wall.
Feb 20, 2021: Bregman and his wife, Reagan, teamed up with the Astros Foundation and Brothers Produce to distribute bottled water to Houstonians from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT Saturday at the Astros Youth Academy in Houston (2801 S. Victory Drive). The event was open to all individuals in the Houston area who needed assistance. Distribution was limited to two cases of water per car, while supplies lasted.
June 2015: The Astros chose Bregman in the first round, out of LSU.
- March 19, 2019: The Astros and Bregman agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract extension. Bregman was already under contract for the 2019 season, so the deal buys out his three arbitration years, plus his first two years of free agency.
|Birth City:||Albuquerque, NM|
|Draft:||Astros #1- 2015 - Out of LSU|
Bregman has quick hands and an efficient, level, compact swing. He has very good bat speed, knows how to get leverage and sprays the ball to all parts of the field. He's equally comfortable yanking the ball down the left-field line or staying back and stinging a ball to the right-field wall.
He should be a plus hitter who racks up walks as well.
He has a flat bat path, a short, simple stroke, and contact-oriented stroke. The ball pops off his bat from that good bat speed, and he has sneaky power to his pull side. He is at his best when he's spraying line drives. But he has the power to hit 15-20 home runs.
Alex has a real knack for putting the bat on the ball—excellent contact skills with power to the gaps. He has uncanny hand-eye coordination and pop for an offensive middle infielder. He has a unique swing—a very direct swing path, short to the zone and long through it, that produces consistent hard contact.
He profiles as a top-of-the-order or #2 hitter with his flat swing path and impressive contact ability. His is a low-maintenance righthanded stroke.
He hits real well with two strikes—not a trace of fear.
Bregman has a natural feel for the strike zone. He has excellent hand-eye coordination.
He rakes man, he just barrels everything up. It’s a very simple, repeatable timing mechanism and swing. There’s not a lot that goes into it. It shows why he’s successful, he’s able to repeat what he does at the plate every time. Alex makes the game look easy.
Alex's swing is a little unconventional, and he can get a little pull-happy, but at his best he peppers the opposite-field power alley with singles and doubles.
And in 2016, he was really endeavoring to hit line drives for doubles to the opposite field and lifting in the air pitches on the inside portion of the plate.
“There’s still room for improvement,” Bregman said. “I can only control what I can control, which is my attitude, effort, and preparation.” (May 2016)
In 2016, Bregman came into his power more frequently at Corpus Christi as he focused on pulling inside pitches more consistently.
September 12, 2018: It was a milestone afternoon for Alex, who notched his 50th double, 100th run scored and 100th RBI in a 5-4 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Bregman went 2-for-5 with three RBI and became the first Astros player to drive in 100 runs in a season since Carlos Lee in 2009 when he hit a two-run double in the fifth. He scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly for his 100th run.
No primary third baseman—not Mike Schmidt, not George Brett, not Chipper Jones—had ever combined 30 homers with 50 doubles … until Bregman achieved the feat in his age-24 season.
So Bregman already owns history at his position, but all those walks raised the Astros’ star into a second stratosphere. Only seven players had ever put up 30 homers, 50 doubles and 90 walks in a season before Bregman: Lance Berkman, Carlos Delgado, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Todd Helton, Stan Musial and David Ortiz.
In 2019, Bregman won his first Silver Slugger Award. The 25-year-old had already established himself as a star entering the season, but he took it to another level at the plate, making himself a finalist for the AL MVP Award by posting a 1.105 OPS with 41 home runs and an MLB-leading 119 walks.
July 27, 2020: Alex's first home run of the 2020 season was the 100th of his career.
- As of the start of the 2021 season, Alex's career Major League stats were: .283 batting average, 582 hits, 105 home runs with 342 RBI in 2,058 at-bats.
Alex fits best at second base, where he's a steady defender with solid-average arm strength. But he also can look pretty good at shortstop, and some evaluators say he can stay there.
At short, he has average (or a tad better) big league range and arm, along with quality hands. He is very reliable at shortstop, with no reason to consider moving him, though his range is average (45 grade) at best. But he anticipates exceptionally well and plays with a smooth, unruffled grace. Nothing surprises him and the ball never seems to eat him up.
He has good feet and is able to react to the balls extremely well.
Defensively, Bregman has impressive body control and instincts that help his fringy range play up at either middle infield spot. He has plenty of arm strength for either short or second. He even caught for two innings in a game at Kane County.
Some scouts like him as a catcher long-range, but most prefer him as a future second baseman. There, he has a chance to be an average defender with a tick above-average arm, and he can throw from a variety of arm angles.
Most teams want a rangier, more fluid defender at short, so he could end up sliding over to second. Some scouts have suggested he could catch, and while his tools would fit there, he’ll go too high in the draft to be a conversion candidate.
Alex has impressive instincts for the game. In fact, they grade out at an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. And his baseball IQ is beyond his years. He is polished.
Bregman makes some off-balance throws. He can quickly cover ground up the middle and transfer the ball from behind his back.
He has increased his agility to where his range has jumped from 45 to a 55 or 60 grade. He is now an above-average defensive shortstop for the Major League level. (Spring 2016)
May 13, 2016: Bregman said he felt "very comfortable" after playing his first game at third base as a professional in the first game of a doubleheader for Double-A Corpus Christi. Bregman was drafted as a shortstop and played there until getting his first start at third.
"It went great," Bregman. "I felt great. I got some plays in the field and felt very comfortable. I played one summer at third base before in my life with the Team USA 18-year-old team, so it wasn't too crazy, the move back over there. I had been taking some ground balls there a little bit in practice and this offseason as well and felt very comfortable there and am looking to help contribute in any way possible."
The defensive reports of Bregman at third base were good, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. Bregman was solid and moved well and didn't miss a beat. Bregman returned to shortstop in the second game of the doubleheader, but he figures to get more time at third.
"I feel like I'll be very comfortable here really soon—really, really soon," Bregman said. "I'm pretty comfortable there already, but I feel like in a few days I'll be very comfortable there."
Getting Bregman some playing time at third has long been anticipated after the Astros drafted him in 2015. Carlos Correa has shortstop locked down in Houston for years to come. And Jose Altuve is at second. So Bregman may have to find another position to play.
"At the beginning of the year, we talked about position versatility, and because he was going to straight to Double-A, we wanted to make sure he felt comfortable at that level and felt comfortable at the plate first," Luhnow said. "We didn't want him to switch positions or have him try a new position while he was getting accustomed to a higher level.
"It's pretty clear he's been able to fit in well at that level offensively, and we figured now's a good time to at least try out some alternatives. He can play shortstop. We believe he's capable of being a Major League shortstop, but we have a good one who's going to be around for a while. The more versatility we have, the more options we have to get him up to the big leagues." (B McTaggart - MLB.com - May 15, 2016)
In 2017 for the Astros, Bregman played shortstop and third base. In the second half of the season, he filled in at short for Carlos Correa, who was on the D.L. for six weeks.
In 2018, Bregman put himself on the map as one of the game’s best third basemen. He made the All-Star team and hit .286 with a .394 on-base percentage, 51 doubles, 31 homers, 103 RBIs and 96 walks in a historic offensive campaign. Bregman is off to another great start offensively in 2019, but the numbers also show how terrific he has been defensively this season.
As of May 2019, Bregman had made one error at third base in 68 chances, but his advanced metrics are eye-opening. According to FanGraphs, Bregman leads all Major League third baseman in UZR (3.1) and he ranks second only to Machado (five) with four defensive runs saved.
“I think early in the season, he’s had to make a few adjustments along the way,” manager AJ Hinch said. “I’ve said this before. I don’t really care what the defensive metrics say. Our defense is underrated. We have a very athletic defense. We have guys around the field that can really make plays.”
Last season at third base, Bregman had a -6 defensive runs saved and a -3.1 UZR, which puts a run value to defense, attempting to quantify how many runs a player saved or gave up through their fielding prowess. He’s been playing further back on the infield this year, which has paid off.
“He gets to so many balls that some people don’t get to. He’s very good at throwing on the run and he’s very symbolic of our defense,” Hinch said. (B McTaggart - MLB.com - May 7, 2019)
- Alex is the best defensive third baseman in the AL not named Matt Chapman. A finalist for an AL Gold Glove Award in 2019, Bregman showed his versatility by making 59 starts at shortstop (in addition to 91 at third) while Carlos Correa was injured. Despite playing so many games at third, Bregman ranked second in the AL in defensive runs saved at third base (behind Chapman). He also ranked third among AL shortstops in fielding percentage (.986) with a minimum of 50 games at the position. (McTaggart - mlb.com - 5/22/2020)
- Bregman is an above-average runner (a 55 on the 20-80) and shows good instincts on the bases. He is fast, but mostly he runs the bases well.
- In 2017 with the Astros, he stole 17 bases. And 10 more in 2018.
Spring 2012: Bregman broke the tip of his right middle finger and missed most of his senior high school season.
April 23-May 5, 2016: Alex was on the D.L. with a hamstring injury.
Jan. 11, 2019: After undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, Bregman told MLB.com his arm has bothered him for about three years and finally opted for surgery when it began to affect his range of motion.
Bregman said he's eager to bounce back from the setback and plans to be 100 percent by the start of the 2019 regular season.
April 9, 2019: Bregman will miss at least one game and perhaps more after injuring his right hamstring while running the bases in a game against the Yankees.
- Aug. 20-Sept 8, 2020: Bregman was placed on the 10-day injured list after suffering a strained right hamstring.