Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Born: March 30, 1993
The 2010 USA Baseball Player of the Year, Bregman exploded onto the draft scene with an incredible run with the 16-and-under National Team in 2010. In the Pan-American Championship tournament, the native New Mexican hit .564 with two homers, 17 RBI and 17 runs in just nine games. He paced the team’s offensive effort en route to a Gold Medal.
When he wasn’t helping Team USA build their reputation south of the border, he was tearing the cover off the ball for the prestigious Albuquerque Baseball Academy, an organization that sends teams all over the state (and country) playing against some of the top competition. Bregman has done so well there, that despite sitting out the majority of this season (due to a broken finger), he still ranks as the top prospect, of any level, in the state.
Bregman has used his time off to sharpen his baserunning, as well as adjust to the wood bats that the state started using over the past year.
At his best, Bregman is a four-tool player, offering solid hitting ability, decent power, good speed and impressive fielding ability. Where he will play on the diamond has become the ultimate question, and the only real concern about him as a player. He’s played mostly shortstop during his high school career, and has dabbled a bit behind the plate.
The best case scenario is that he can stick behind the plate. His arm is strong enough to handle the throws necessary and he’s more than athletic enough. A move behind the plate would cement his place as one of the top high school prospects in this class. Either way, his bat should be good enough to make him a legitimate presence at the top of any lineup.