Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Houston Astros have promoted two of the most highly anticipated prospects in their system up to Triple-A: shortstop Alex Bregman and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez.
Bregman, the second overall pick of last June’s amateur draft, has recently been playing third base since shortstop in Houston is already being held down by Carlos Correa. At 21 years old and nine months, Correa is actually a bit younger than Bregman, who is 22 years old and two months.
Writing for FanGraphs before the season, Dan Farnsworth ranked Bregman as the second-best prospect in Houston’s system, behind recently promoted first baseman A.J. Reed. Farnsworth wrote:
He’s going to be a line-drive machine with a severe allergy to strikeouts. On top of that, he doesn’t abuse his contact skills by swinging early and often, and will take his walks when pitchers don’t give in to him.
Hernandez was ranked as just the 17th-best prospect in Houston’s system on the same list — but that was before he hit for a .303/.383/.434 slash line in 68 Double-A games this season. Before the season, Fransworth wrote:
Hernandez isn’t far away from being a five-tool outfielder, with pitch recognition and plate discipline representing the only areas of improvement needed to get him there. Granted, those are very difficult skills to improve, especially as you face continuously better competition climbing the minor league ladder.