Draft profile: Alex Bregman
*** With the 2015 First-Year Player Draft fast approaching, we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class. ***
Name: Alex Bregman
Rank on Draft Top 200: 4
Bats: R Throws:R
Height: 6'0" Weight: 190 lbs.
Future grades on 20-80 scouting scale
30: Well below average
40: Below average
60: Above average
70-80: Well above average
Stats (through May 26)
A New Mexico product, Bregman ranked as one of the best pure high school hitters in the 2012 Draft, but slid to the Red Sox in the 29th round because of his steadfast commitment to Louisiana State. The consensus national freshman of the year in 2013, he's now one of the top bats in this year's college crop.
Bregman has an unconventional right-handed swing, but it works for him because he has a very quick bat and controls the strike zone well. He has some pull power and could develop average pop if he adds some loft to his stroke. He has average speed that plays up because of his instincts.
Because of his size, tools and aggressive nature at the plate, he regularly gets compared to Dustin Pedroia. Like Pedroia, he appeared to be a college shortstop headed for second base in pro ball, but Bregman has looked better defensively this spring and may be able to stick at short. His arm and instincts allow him to make plays there, and he shows range to both sides.
MLB comp: Dustin Pedroia
Fun fact: Bregman was originally drafted out of high school in the 29th round of the 2012 Draft by the Red Sox. He instead chose to attend LSU, where he was named the National Freshman of the Year in 2013, while also winning the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the nation's best collegiate shortstop.
He said it: "You know, I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about [getting drafted] -- I think everyone in this position has at some point -- but right now I'm just focused on trying to win a national championship. It's been my dream since I was a kid to play in the big leagues, but my focus is definitely entirely on LSU right now."
They said it: "I feel like Alex can do anything on the field that he puts his mind to."
-- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri, in an interview with Perfect Game