Alex Bregman took a while to find his footing at the big-league level, but he grew very comfortable by the end of 2017, finishing with a .315/.367/.536 line in the second half. He carried that momentum into the postseason and showed his mettle with homers off Chris Sale (2), Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen en route to a World Series win. Bregman puts the ball in play consistently (15.5 percent strikeout rate) and he walked at an above-average clip last season (8.8 percent) while making hard contact with roughly one-third of his batted balls. At 23 years old, he has good instincts on the basepaths (17-for-22) and has already cemented himself into the two hole in one of baseball's best lineups. There's a ton to like here even at an inflated cost coming off the postseason run; think Anthony Rendon-lite with more speed and shortstop eligibility, and without the injury history.
Bregman isn't in the lineup Sunday against Boston. Over the last seven games, Bregman has gone 12-for-31 (.387) with three home runs and 11 RBI. His recent surge at the plate is coming at the right time as Houston is set to begin postseason play Thursday against the Red Sox. J.D. Davis will start at the hot corner in Bregman's place Sunday.
Bregman went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's victory over the Red Sox. The young infielder provided all the offense for Houston in this one, as his RBI single in the third and his two-run shot in the fifth were enough to outpace the stymied Red Sox offense. Bregman has a 1.275 OPS during his current seven-game hitting streak and now holds a .287/.355/.480 slash line on the season.
Bregman went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run, a walk and another run scored in Thursday's 12-2 win at Boston. Bregman made it 5-0 with a two-run shot in the second inning. He came into this game slashing .336/.410/.562 against left-handed pitching, so it's not surprising the 2015 second overall pick was able to find success against Boston southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez. Bregman's been productive down the stretch with seven runs scored and eight RBI in his past six games.
Bregman went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Angels. Bregman had gone 27 games without a home run before hitting his 17th blast of the season Sunday. He had been a slugging machine for one 30-game stretch after the All-Star break, looking like a shoo-in to reach 20 homers, but Bregman's fallen off during the month of September. Still, he rebounded nicely after a shaky first half to post respectable numbers. As the 23-year-old former shortstop adds to his frame, he should put together more sustained power outbursts.
Bregman will hit leadoff in Saturday's game against the Angels. George Springer has been in the leadoff spot for all but one game since Aug. 14, but he'll sit Saturday, giving Bregman a chance to hit atop the order for the second time this season.