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Bregman Still Agitated At Arizona

Alex Bregman wants everyone to know first off, that he is very happy being with the Houston Astros organization. But secondly, he also wants everyone to know that he is still pissed at the Diamondbacks for not making him the #1 overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft. He is quick to let you know, and he did a few other things along the way to remind himself as well.

“I was super happy to come to an organization like the Astros, an organization that was up and coming,” Bregman told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. “But, yeah, I was pissed. I wanted to be the #1 overall pick” And, just for good measure he wears a reminder of it to himself everyday. He does so on his back, right under his name. His uniform number is 2.
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Who did the Diamondbacks choose #1 in the 2015 MLB draft? A guy that is where all the current Diamondbacks want to be, in the post season with the Atlanta Braves, yes Diamondback fans, not only did they essentially get the pick wrong, but then they traded that pick away to the Atlanta Braves. The post season bound Atlanta Braves. Remember that trade? Yeah, Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair and Ender Inciarte for the often injured Shelby Miller. Miller, by the way is arbitration eligible this season, making $4.9 million this season, so his price tag should not be very hefty, and we hope the 27 year old can regain his form of a few years ago. He is currently listed on the 60 day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow.
Now, allow me to defend the Diamondbacks for a few sentences. Swanson looked like a can’t miss prospect. The Vanderbilt shortstop was smooth in the field and above average with the bat in college. He was going to stay at shortstop, he was going to be the future shortstop of the Diamondbacks organization for possibly the next decade. And if you asked the Diamondbacks he also had good make-up and great leadership skills. Bregman was undersized, he was not as fluent in the field, and it was not certain that he was going to remain a shortstop long term. But he was a great hitter. The Diamondbacks felt that if as an organization you can draft a great shortstop, that is what you do., and that is what they did. The trade was made on December 9th, 2015. Please remember, that at that time on the Diamondbacks roster that they had Ahmed, Owings, Drury, Gosselin, and Cliff Pennington as shortstops, and they had an absolute plethora of outfielders in Trumbo, Tomas, Romak, Pollock, Peralta, Brito and Owengs and Drury again all on the 40 man roster. The thought was that one more experienced pitcher who would slot somewhere in the center of their rotation, who was affordable and controllable for 4 more seasons before becoming a free agent in 2020 looked good to the Diamondbacks, and was a need of the team. Trade from your strengths to fulfill a need.
Image result for stryker trahan baseballImage result for alex bregman 2012 mlb draftIn hindsight, about the only thing they were right on was that Swanson was going to stay a shortstop. They made the wrong choice in that draft, and they made a mistake by trading him later. That is the way baseball goes. But, that is not how this story is going to end.
The Diamondbacks actually looked at drafting Bregman in the 2012 MLB draft as well. At that point he was coming out of high school and the Diamondbacks had the 26 overall pick in the draft. But, obviously, they decided to not pick him. They choose a catcher by the name of Stryker Trahan instead. He must have been a prize prospect too, right?

Just like Bregman, Trahan was selected straight out of high school. Therefore, rather than enroll at Ole Miss, Trahan signed with the Diamondbacks, receiving a $1.7 million signing bonus.Though the Diamondbacks kept him at catcher, they foresaw the potential need to take him off of the position and play him in the outfield.He made his professional debut that year in the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he batted .281 with a .422 on-base percentage and a .473 slugging percentage. He began 2013 in extended spring training, before he was assigned to the Missoula Ospreyof the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He batted .254 with ten home runs and a .462 slugging percentage with Missoula.

Before the 2014 season, the Diamondbacks shifted Trahan to play as a left fielder. He opened the season with the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Class A Midwest League. After batting .198 and striking out in 36% of his plate appearances, the Diamondbacks demoted Trahan to the Hillsboro Hops of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League in July. Trahan homered for Hillsboro in the opening game of the 2014 Northwest League championship series, won by the Hops. In 2015, playing catcher for most of the season, He played for Hillsboro Hops, moved up to Kane County Cougars, and ended the season with Visalia Rawhide. He started the 2016 season back with Visalia Rawhide moving to RF Position. But sadly the Diamondbacks released Trahan in March 2017.

But, according to Bregman, the Diamondbacks did call and inquire if he would sign with them as a second round pick in that 2012 MLB draft. “I told them I was going to school,” was what Bregman told the Diamondbacks when asking him if he would sign as a 2012 second round pick. He then attended LSU and wore the number 30 on his back under his name to signify all the major league clubs that passed on him in the 2012 draft.
Though this story does not have a happy ending for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who whiffed on two different chances to pick Alex, it worked out well in the end for him. As the 2nd pick in the 2015 draft Bregman signed for $5.6 million, just in a signing bonus. USA Today named Bregman the 2016 Minor League Player of the Year. Bregman was also named MLB Pipeline 2016 Hitter of the Year, and was selected as the third baseman for the MLB Pipeline 2016 Prospect Team of the Year. In addition, Bregman was named the 2016 Astros Minor League Player of the Year, Prospect of the Year, and a Baseball America Minor League All-Star. On July 25, 2016, the Astros purchased Bregman’s contract from the Grizzlies, adding him to their 25-man roster. He made his major league debut at third base against the New York Yankees that same day, thus becoming the first position player from the 2015 Draft to debut in the Major Leagues.
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Bregman started his 2017 baseball season as the youngest member of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which won its first gold medal in the WBC by defeating Puerto Rico 8–0 in the final. He had been invited as well to play for Team Israel which finished sixth at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, as WBC rules allow all Jewish ballplayers to play for the team, and he later said that in retrospect “I probably should’ve” played for Team Israel “because I got [just] four at-bats” playing as a backup for Team USA.

But, the Diamondbacks were right about one thing, Bregman is not playing shortstop in MLB. But, I think that has more to do with a guy named Carlos Correa than it does a guy they passed on drafting twice.

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