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Rosters for 2018 SiriusXM Futures All-Star Game announced

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Rosters feature 15 former first-rund picks; World Team includes players representing eight different countries and territories outside the United States

 

Rosters for the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 15th at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, were announced by Major League Baseball earlier today on MLB Network’s “MLB Central.”

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 20th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 12-7. Last year in Miami, the U.S. Team defeated the World, 7-6, for its seventh victory in the last eight years.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to be selected. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at MLB.com/pipeline.

The teams feature 15 former first round draft picks (14 on U.S. Team and one on World Team), one player picked in Competitive Balance Round A (U.S. Team) and four second round picks (all U.S.). Among the 15 first round picks, five were selected in the 2017 Draft, six in the 2016 Draft, three in the 2015 Draft and one in the 2014 Draft.

The World Team features players representing eight different countries and territories outside the 50 United States. The Dominican Republic is represented by nine players, followed by Venezuela (6), Cuba (4) and Australia (2). Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and South Africa are each represented by one player on the World Team.

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will last nine innings, and in the event of a tie, a 10th inning will be played. The game will not go longer than 10 innings, regardless of the score. Players and coaches will be outfitted in special SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game caps and jerseys.

As part of its live All-Star Week programming, MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 4:00 p.m. (ET), with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Lauren Shehadi and MLB.com prospect expert Jim Callis on the call live from Nationals Park.

SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209) in addition to SiriusXM’s other comprehensive live coverage from Washington, DC. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers on the SiriusXM app for smart phones and mobile devices and online at SiriusXM.com.

The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Malachi Moore (home plate) of the Texas League, who is a product of the umpiring program at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, CA; Venezuela native Edwin Moscoso (first base) of the Southern League; Kyle McCrady (second base) of the Texas League; and John Mang (third base) of the Eastern League.

The coaching staffs for the U.S. and World Team, led by managers Torii Hunter and David Ortiz, respectively, are as follows:

U.S. Team Manager & Coaches
Torii Hunter — Five-time All-Star; 19 seasons in Majors; 2,452 career hits; 353 career HR
Joel Hanrahan — Bullpen Coach (Pitching Coach, West Virginia Power — PIT Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate)
LaTroy Hawkins — Pitching Coach (Special Assistant to the General Manager — MIN)
Keith Johnson — Third Base Coach (Manager, Salt Lake Bees — LAA Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate)
Matt LeCroy — Bench Coach (Manager, Harrisburg Senators — WSH Double-A Eastern League affiliate)
Steve Singleton — Hitting Coach (Hitting Coach, Fort Myers Miracle — MIN Single-A Florida State League affiliate)
Gary Thurman — First Base Coach (Roving Baserunning Coach — WSH)
Jon Kotredes — Trainer (Minor League Medical/Rehab Coordinator — WSH)

World Team Manager & Coaches
David Ortiz — 10-time All-Star; three-time World Series Champion; 2,472 career hits; 541 career HR (17th all-time)
Jerry Manuel — Bench Coach (MLB Baseball Development Consultant)
Francisco Cordero — Pitching Coach (Three-time All-Star; 14 seasons in Majors)
Vladimir Guerrero — Hitting Coach (2018 HOF Inductee; Nine-time All-Star; 2004 AL MVP; 16 seasons in Majors)
Jorge Velandia — First Base Coach (Special Assistant to the General Manager — PHI)
Juan Samuel — Third Base Coach (Three-time All-Star; 16 seasons in Majors)
Sandy Martinez — Bullpen Coach (Manager, Dominican Summer League Nationals — WSH)
Scott Johnson — Trainer (Trainer, Arizona League White Sox — CWS)

Boys and Girls Clubs kids from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Youth Programs, as well as players participating in the All-Star Commissioner’s Cup and Jennie Finch Classic will take part in the pregame ceremony. Participating children will also receive All-Star Sunday tickets.

Tickets are available for purchase for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting www.allstargame.com or visiting the box office at Nationals Park.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), Geico All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit www.allstargame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

2018 U.S. ROSTER

Pitchers (10)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
32 Anderson, Shaun (SF) R-R 6-4 225 10/29/94 Coral Springs, FL Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League/AA)
29 Cease, Dylan (CWS) R-R 6-2 196 12/28/95 Milton, GA Birmingham Barons (Southern League/AA)
3 Greene, Hunter (CIN) R-R 6-3 195 8/6/99 Stevenson Ranch, CA Dayton Dragons (Midwest League/A)
50 Hudson, Dakota (STL) R-R 6-5 215 9/15/94 Dunlap, TN Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
23 Keller, Mitch (PIT) R-R 6-3 206 4/4/96 Cedar Rapids, IA Indianapolis Indians (International League/AAA)
19 Manning, Matt (DET) R-R 6-6 195 1/28/98 Sacramento, CA Lakeland Flying Tigers (Florida State League/A)
58 Pelham, C.D. (TEX) R-L 6-6 225 2/21/95 Lancaster, SC Frisco RoughRiders (Texas League/AA)
4 Sheffield, Justus (NYY) L-L 6-0 200 5/13/96 Tullahoma, TN Scranton/WB RailRiders (International League/AAA)
26 Whitley, Forrest (HOU) R-R 6-7 195 9/15/97 San Antonio, TX Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League/AA)
23 Wright, Kyle (ATL) R-R 6-4 200 10/2/95 Huntsville, AL Mississippi Braves (Southern League/AA)

Catchers (2)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
9 Jansen, Danny (TOR) R-R 6-2 225 4/15/95 Elmhurst, IL Buffalo Bisons (International League/AAA)
23 Murphy, Sean (OAK) R-R 6-3 215 10/10/94 Peekskill, NY Midland RockHounds (Texas League/AA)

Infielders (8)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
34 Alonso, Peter (NYM) R-R 6-3 245 12/7/94 Tampa, FL Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
5 Bichette, Bo (TOR) R-R 6-0 200 3/5/98 Orlando, FL New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League/AA)
10 Hayes, Ke’Bryan (PIT) R-R 6-1 210 1/28/97 Tomball, TX Altoona Curve (Eastern League/AA)
18 Hiura, Keston (MIL) R-R 5-11 190 8/2/96 Valencia, CA Biloxi Shuckers (Southern League/AA)
5 Kieboom, Carter (WSH) R-R 6-2 190 9/3/97 Marietta, GA Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League/AA)
35 Lowe, Nate (TB) L-R 6-4 235 7/7/95 Norfolk, VA Montgomery Biscuits (Southern League/AA)
14 Mountcastle, Ryan (BAL) R-R 6-3 195 2/18/97 Winter Springs, FL Bowie Baysox (Eastern League/AA)
1 Rodgers, Brendan (COL) R-R 6-0 180 8/9/96 Winter Park, FL Hartford Yard Goats (Eastern League/AA)

Outfielders (5)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
3 Adell, Jo (LAA) R-R 6-3 208 4/8/99 Louisville, KY Inland Empire 66ers (California League/A)
19 Kirilloff, Alex (MIN) L-L 6-2 195 11/9/97 Pittsburgh, PA Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League/A)
2 Lewis, Kyle (SEA) R-R 6-4 210 7/13/95 Snellville, GA Modesto Nuts (California League/A)
23 Reed, Buddy (SD) S-R 6-4 210 4/27/95 Bronx, NY Lake Elsinore Storm (California League/A)
5 Trammell, Taylor (CIN) L-L 6-2 195 9/13/97 Powder Springs, CA Daytona Tortugas (Florida State League/A)

2018 WORLD ROSTER

Pitchers (9)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
21 De Los Santos, Enyel (PHI) R-R 6-3 170 12/25/95 San Pedro, D.R. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League/AAA)
28 Guzman, Jorge (MIA) R-R 6-3 190 1/28/96 Las Matas de Santa Cruz, D.R. Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida State League/A)
35 Lopez, Yoan (ARI) R-R 6-3 185 1/2/93 Nueva Gerona, Cuba Jackson Generals (Southern League/AA)
35 Lovergrove, Kieran (CLE) R-R 6-4 185 7/28/94 Johannesburg, South Africa Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League/AA)
9 Luzardo, Jesus (OAK) L-L 6-1 205 9/30/97 Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela Midland RockHounds (Texas League/AA)
34 Mata, Bryan (BOS) R-R 6-3 160 5/3/99 Maracay, Venezuela Salem Red Sox (Carolina League/A)
36 Thorpe, Lewis (MIN) R-L 6-1 160 11/23/95 Melbourn, Australia Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League/AA)
54 Tinoco, Jesus (COL) R-R 6-4 190 4/30/95 San Antonio de Maturin, Venezuela Hartford Yard Goats (Eastern League/AA)
31 Wells, Alex (BAL) L-L 6-1 190 2/27/97 Newcastle, Australia Frederick Keys (Carolina League/A)

Catchers (3)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
9 Amaya, Miguel (CHI) R-R 6-1 185 3/9/95 Chitre, Panama South Bend Cubs (Midwest League/A)
17 Mejia, Francisco (CLE) S-R 5-10 180 10/27/95 Bani, D.R. Columbus Clippers (International League/AAA)
7 Ruiz, Keibert (LAD) R-R 6-0 205 4/12/945 Valencia, Venezuela Tulsa Drillers (Texas League/AA)

Infielders (6)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
45 Alvarez, Yordan (HOU) L-R 6-5 225 6/27/97 Las Tunas, Cuba Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League/AA)
7 Garcia, Luis (WSH) L-R 6-0 190 5/16/00 Pimentel, D.R. Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League/A)
13 Gimenez, Andres (NYM) L-R 5-11 161 9/4/98 Barquisimeto, Venezuela St. Lucie Mets (Florida State League/A)
31 Lugo, Dawel (DET) R-R 6-0 190 12/31/94 Bani, D.R. Toledo Mud Hens (International League/AAA)
23 Tatis, Fernando (SD) R-R 6-3 185 1/2/99 San Pedro, D.R. San Antonio Missions (Texas League/AA)
3 Urias, Luis (SD) R-R 5-9 185 6/3/97 Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League/AAA)

Outfielders (7)
# Player (Organization) Bats-Throws HT WT Birthdate Hometown Current Team (League/Level)
68 Arozarena, Randy (STL) R-R 5-11 170 2/28/95 Havana, Cuba Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
6 Basabe, Luis (CWS) S-R 6-0 160 8/26/96 El Vigia, Venezuela Birmingham Barons (Southern League/AA)
17 Diaz, Yusniel (LAD) R-R 6-1 195 10/7/96 Havana, Cuba Tulsa Drillers (Texas League/AA)
25 Matias, Seuly (KC) R-R 6-3 200 9/4/98 La Isabela, D.R. Lexington Legends (South Atlantic League/A)
14 Ramos, Heliot (SF) R-R 6-2 185 9/7/99 Humacao, Puerto Rico Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League/A)
4 Sanchez, Jesus (TB) L-R 6-3 210 10/7/95 Higuey, D.R. Charlotte Stone Crabs (Florida State League/A)
3 Taveras, Leody (TEX) S-R 6-1 170 9/8/98 Tenares, D.R. Down East Wood Ducks (Carolina League/A)

 

Nationals stars Harper, Scherzer, Zimmerman named 2018 MLB Ambassadors for All-Star Game

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Bryce Harper running bases 2015 photo by Johnmaxmena2 - Own work via wikipedia commons

 

Max Scherzer throwing plateward 2015 photo by David on Flickr via wikipedia commons

 

Ryan Zimmerman 2009 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Major League Baseball has named three current Washington Nationals players as MLB All-Star Ambassadors — outfielder Bryce Harper, starting pitcher Max Scherzer, and infielder Ryan Zimmerman. Participating in the return of the MLB All-Star Game to the nation’s capital, all three players will serve as Ambassadors, participate in events and help promote All-Star Week.

Scherzer and Zimmerman will represent the hometown team at GEICO All-Star FanFest, the world’s largest baseball interactive fan event. In addition, Harper will help MLB and the Nationals unveil a new youth baseball complex at Fred Crabtree Park in Fairfax County, VA on Monday, July 16.

The three players also will be featured in All-Star ads, event displays, traditional and social media and promotional materials. The first 3,000 fans to arrive at FanFest each weekday of All-Star Week will receive a bobblehead of one of the All-Star Ambassadors — Ryan Zimmerman (July 13), Bryce Harper (July 16), and Max Scherzer (July 17).

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th) and PLAY BALL Park in The Yards at Parcel A (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

Harper, Scherzer and Zimmerman join a distinguished list of MLB stars who served as All-Star Ambassadors while playing for the host club including Giancarlo Stanton, Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Justin Upton and David Wright.

Specially priced tickets for families, military members, first responders and other various groups to GEICO All-Star FanFest are available now and can be purchased at AllStarGame.com while tickets to All-Star Sunday can also be purchased at the official website of the All-Star Game (www.allstargame.com), as well as the Nationals official website (www.nationals.com), the Nationals Ticket Windows at Nationals Park, and by calling 833-4ASGFUN. Mastercard, preferred by Major League Baseball, is an accepted form of payment.

During his appearance on the morning of the All-Star Game, Ryan Zimmerman will conduct an autograph signing session for fans. Fans interested in getting an autograph from Zimmerman or attending the signing sessions of MLB legends throughout the five days, can sign up for the GEICO All-Star FanFest Experience Pass at AllStarGame.com. The GEICO All-Star FanFest Experience Pass significantly reduces the amount of time fans will need to wait in line for autographs and is a one-stop-shop for getting access to the top attractions and prizes at the event. In addition, fans with the Experience Pass have the chance to win instant prizes and receive automatic entry to ticket sweepstakes for All-Star Sunday, the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Harper, a five-time National League All-Star and 2015 NL Most Valuable Player, was the Nationals first selection in the 2010 draft and first overall. He played in the All-Star Futures Game in 2011 and went on to make his Major League debut on April 28, 2012 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and since then has amassed 847 hits, including 171 home runs and 471 RBI.

Scherzer, who signed with the Nationals as a free agent prior to the 2015 season, has become one of the best pitchers in the game, winning the last two National League Cy Young Awards and being named an All-Star in each of the last five seasons. Scherzer also captured the 2013 American League Cy Young as a member of the Detroit Tigers, his first season as an All-Star. Scherzer has started 18 games thus far this season, going 10-5 with a 2.16 ERA, third-best in the NL.

Zimmerman, a two-time National League All-Star, was the Nationals first selection in the 2005 draft and fourth overall. He is the longest tenured member of the Nationals, after making his debut September 1, 2005. Zimmerman, 33, is a two-time Silver Slugger winner, the first of which he won in 2009 — the same year he was first named an All-Star and won a Gold Glove as well.

 

 

Cubs versatile Javier Baez named recent NL Player of the Week

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Javier Baez in field 2016 photo By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Báez has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending July 1st.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Javier Báez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Báez batted .483 (14-for-29) with 10 runs scored, six doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI over seven games played to claim his first career NL Player of the Week Award. Among his NL counterparts, “Javy” finished his strong week first in hits, doubles, extra-base hits (8), total bases (26) and runs scored; tied for first in RBI; second in batting average; fourth in slugging percentage (.897); and tied for fifth in home runs. This is Chicago’s first weekly award of the 2018 season, and the first since Javy’s All-Star teammate Anthony Rizzo for the period ending August 21, 2017.

On Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Báez went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, two homers and five RBI to pace the Cubs’ offense. Included in his fourth career multi-homer game was the fourth grand slam of his five-year career. Reaching 16 home runs for his second consecutive season, the 25-year-old became only the second middle infielder in franchise history to reach the mark before the All-Star break, joining Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who clubbed 24 round-trippers prior to the Midsummer Classic in 1990. In his final game of the week yesterday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins, the ninth overall selection of the 2011 MLB Draft delivered three hits with two runs scored, a pair of doubles and two RBI. With the performance, Báez recorded his 21st double of the 2018 campaign, becoming the first Cubs player since Kris Bryant during his MVP-winning 2016 season to log at least 21 doubles in the firt half of a season. In addition, the 2016 NLCS Co-MVP became the first player in franchise history to log at least 21 doubles, six triples and 16 home runs in the first half of a season, as well as the 15th in Major League history. All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so during his All-Star 2013 campaign.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Javier’s teammates Ian Happ (.458, 7 R, 11 H, .552 OBP) and Addison Russell (.400, 6 R, 10 H, 11 RBI); infielder Matt Carpenter (.500, 8 R, 5 XBH, 19 TB) of the St. Louis Cardinals; outfielder Gregory Polanco (.474, 5 XBH, 7 RBI, 19 TB) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; first baseman Jesús Aguilar (.421, 4 R, 3 HR, .947 SLG) of the Milwaukee Brewers; starting pitcher Matt Harvey (2-0, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 8 SO), pitcher Michael Lorenzen (3 G, 4.15 ERA; 2 HR, 5 RBI) and infielder Jose Peraza (.323, 7 R, 6 XBH, 6 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds; and starter Tyler Anderson (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.0 IP, 8 SO) of the Rockies.

 

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Astros 3B Alex Bregman, recent AL Player of the Week

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Alex Bregman playing field in 2017 photo by Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, via wikipedia commons

Third baseman Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending July 1st.

Other noteworthy performances last week included outfielder Nicholas Castellanos (.393, 6 R, 7 XBH, 12 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; closer Edwin Díaz (5 G, 0.00 ERA, 5 SV, 7 SO) and starting pitcher James Paxton (2-0, 1.20 ERA, 15.0 IP, 21 SO) of the Seattle Mariners; backstop Robinson Chirinos (.429, 4 XBH, 9 RBI, 1.000 SLG) of the Texas Rangers; outfielder Aaron Hicks (.421, 6 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI) and All-Star starter Luis Severino (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 13.2 IP, 15 SO) of the New York Yankees; starter Brad Keller (1-1, 0.60 ERA, 1 CG, 15.0 IP) of the Kansas City Royals; and starter Blake Snell (2-0, 0.63 ERA, 14.1 IP, 20 SO) of the Rays.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Alex Bregman will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Bregman posted a slash line of .464/.516/1.179 with seven runs scored, 13 hits, five doubles, five home runs, 10 RBI and two stolen bases over seven games played to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Alex finished his outstanding week first in hits, doubles, extra-base hits (10), total bases (33), home runs, batting average and slugging percentage; second in RBI and on-base percentage; tied for second in runs scored; and tied for third in stolen bases. This is Houston’s third weekly award of the 2018 season, following his teammates Justin Verlander (April 16th) and Evan Gattis (June 18th).

On Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park, the Albuquerque, New Mexico native went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, three doubles, a homer and two RBI to propel the Astros to a 7-0 victory. Bregman became the first player in franchise history to post those numbers in a single contest, and the 35th in AL history. In his following game, the LSU product batted 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, two doubles and his third homer in as many days. The round-tripper was his first career walk-off homer and capped off a comeback win in which the Astros trailed by five runs earlier in the game. Additionally, Alex, who also earned AL Player of the Month honors for June, became the first slugger in team history to log multiple doubles, a home run and two RBI in consecutive games. Over the weekend, Bregman clubbed a two-run home run on both Friday and Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays, totaling 16 homers on the season. The second overall selection of the 2015 MLB Draft joined Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell (May 1996 and August 2000) and Richard Hidalgo (September 2000) as the only players in franchise history to register at least 10 home runs and 30 RBI in a single month.

 

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Astros 3B Alex Bregman earns June AL Player of the Week honors

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Alex Bregman at bat 2016 photo By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for June.

Bregman posted a slash line of .306/.372/.713 with 24 runs scored, 33 hits, nine doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, 30 RBI and one stolen base over 26 games played to claim his first career AL Player of the Month Award. Among qualified AL hitters, the right-handed slugger finished the month first in extra-base hits (21); tied for first in runs scored, home runs and RBI; second in doubles and slugging percentage; tied for third in triples; and tied for fourth in hits. This is Houston’s first Player of the Month Award since Alex’s All-Star teammate Jose Altuve in July of his AL MVP-winning 2017 season.

Bregman began June in grand fashion, recording a 10-game hitting streak to begin his award-winning month. During his hot start at the plate, Bregman totaled nine runs scored, 12 hits, two doubles, a triple, three round-trippers and 10 RBI to lead the Astros to a 7-3 record. Over the course of his productive month, the 24-year-old notched a hit in all but three of 26 games played, including seven multi-hit efforts. In a tilt on June 18th against the Tampa Bay Rays, Alex clubbed the two-run walk-off double to lead Houston to a 5-4 victory, capturing the Astros’ 12th consecutive win. On June 26th against the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park, the Albuquerque, New Mexico native went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, three doubles, a homer and two RBI. Bregman became the first player in franchise history to post such a line, and the 35th in AL history. In his following outing, the LSU product batted 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, two doubles and his third homer in as many days. The roundtripper was his first career walk-off home run, helping Houston finish off a comeback in which they trailed 5-0 earlier in the contest. Alex became the first player in team history to log multiple doubles, a homer and two RBI in consecutive games. Bregman finished his impressive month at the plate by clubbing a home run in five of the final six contests of the month. The 2018 All-Star hopeful joined Richard Hidalgo (September 2000) as the only players in Club history to register at least 21 extra-base hits and 30 RBI in a single calendar month. Led largely by their versatile infielder, Houston compiled an 11-game winning streak from June 6th-18th, and enter play today leading the AL West with a 55-31 (.640) record on the season.

Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month included Altuve (.354, 34 H, 7 2B, 6 SB); All-Star designated hitter/outfielder Nelson Cruz (.326, 20 R, 11 HR, 24 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; All-Star outfielder/designated hitter J.D. Martinez (.347, 22 R, 7 HR, 20 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox; and All-Star outfielder Mike Trout (.352, 19 R, 9 XBH, 24 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Alex Bregman, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for the accomplishments.

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