With the fourth pick, Kiley selects the junior shortstop Alex Bregman from Louisiana State University. Bregman is hitting .318/.414/.548 with nine home runs and 47 RBI in 239 at-bats this season for one of the nation’s best teams. His stats are similar to his 2014 hitting line of .316/.397/.455 with six home runs and 47 RBI in 244 at bats. He has 34 extra base hits compared to just 22 in 2014 which is likely a combination of the new baseball used in college baseball as well as increased strength as he has gotten older. More impressive is that he has struck out just 20 times in his 239 at-bats while he has walked 36 times.Defensively, Bregman has made two less errors this year and has increased his fielding percentage from .966 to .976 this season.
I’m told Daniels has met with Bregman and, if the rumors are to be believed, he is the guy they want here. -Kiley McDaniel
Overall, Bregman follows the same line of thought as the college pitchers featured that he will be ready quickly. With the struggles the Rangers have had up the middle, Bregman will be able to complete sooner rather than later and could free up some talent such as Jurickson Profar or Elvis Andrus for a trade. As a junior, Bregman has one more season of eligibility if he wants to make another run towards the College World Series.
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