Astros’ Bregman still upset by D-backs’ draft call

Astros’ Bregman still upset by D-backs’ draft call

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman still isn’t over the fact that the Arizona Diamondbacks passed over him in the 2015 MLB draft.

“I was super happy to come to a good organization like the Astros, an organization that was up-and-coming,” Bregman told the Arizona Republic on Saturday. “But, yeah, I was pissed. I wanted to be the No. 1 overall pick. Part of the reason I wear No. 2 is because of that.”

Bregman previously said he wore No. 2 in part to honor childhood idol and former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

The Diamondbacks chose Dansby Swanson in the 2015 draft and never really considered Bregman, who won a World Series with the Astros last season and was named to his first All-Star Game this summer, where he was named game MVP. Swanson was traded to the Atlanta Braves in the 2015 offseason without ever playing a major league game for the Diamondbacks.

Bregman told the newspaper that he had a chance to join the Diamondbacks out of high school in 2012. They had reached out to see if he would sign as a second-round pick, but he told the club he was going to LSU instead. With the Tigers, he wore the No. 30 — related to the number of teams that passed on him in Round 1, Bregman said.

The 24-year-old has had some success trying to pay the Diamondbacks back on the field. He is 8-for-32 against them in his career with one home run and two RBIs. He was 1-for-2 and scored a run in Saturday’s 10-4 Astros win.

MLB News

via – MLB

September 16, 2018 at 05:30AM


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