According to a statement released by the club, shortstop Alex Bregman was forced from Monday evening’s contest for the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros’ Double-A affiliate. Exiting after being hit in the head by a errant pitch, he initially appeared to be “just fine” as he walked off under his own power.

Fellow middle infielder Mott Hyde then replaced Bregman along the base path and at shortstop.

The 22-year-old shortstop finished the outing 1-for-3 with a double and a pair of strikeouts. Now batting .304 across 56 games this season, Bregman has also managed 14 home runs and 44 RBI to accompany his impressive .411 on-base percentage. Widely regarded as the top prospect within the Astros’ farm system, Bregman was originally selected by the club in the first-round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

While it appears that the up-and-coming shortstop will not be forced to miss an extended period of time after being plunked on Monday against the San Antonio Missions, the Hooks have continued to make a point to get his bat into their lineup this season.

Earlier in the year, Bregman made his first professional start at third base while Hyde made the appearance at shortstop. In an attempt to stack their lineup in order to put all of their best players on the field at the same time, the Hooks have continued to take advantage of Bregman’s versatility while that will surely aid him going forward.

Already playing extremely well at the Double-A level, the prospective infielder will certainly make his way to Houston sometime in the near future.

Heralded SS Alex Bregman exits for Astros’ Double-A affiliate
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