Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman has been doing everything he can to get a major league call-up. He has hit at Double-A, Triple-A, and he went 3-for-3 in the 2016 MLB Futures Game. So it's not a surprise that ESPN pundit Jim Bowden put out a report that the Astros were looking to call up Bregman over the weekend:
Houston Astros are expected to call-up top prospect Alex Bregman as early as this weekend according to sources... https://t.co/jGTde1rDPX— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) July 13, 2016
Of course, multiple sources ran with the report. But the local media, the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan and Angel Verdejo Jr., wasn't seeing any fire with the smoke. The only report even indicating the Astros were leaning toward calling up Bregman was Bowden's.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch put the report to bed in an interview with MLB Network Radio:
A.J. Hinch says Alex Bregman will NOT join the team in Seattle this weekend. He adds that Bregman could help team down the stretch.— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) July 13, 2016
Bregman, 22, batted .297 (70x236) with 54 runs scored, 16 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, and 46 RBIs in 62 games at Double-A this season. He has batted .389 (14x36) with five home runs and 14 RBIs in eight games in Triple-A.
Bregman is hitting his way to the majors. The question at this point is not how but when? At the very least, it won't be this weekend.