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Astros’ Alex Bregman named USA Today Sports’ Minor League Player of the Year

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Houston’s first pick in the 2015 Draft wins an award.

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The USA Today announced on Tuesday that Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has been named the 2016 USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.

Bregman, 22, beat out finalists OF Tyler O’Neil of the Seattle Mariners, OF David Dahl of the Colorado Rockies, IF Yoan Mocada of the Boston Red Sox, and teammate RHP Joe Musgrove.

In 80 games in the minor leagues this season between Triple-A Fresno (18g) and Double A Corpus Christi (62g), Bregman hit .306 (96x314) with 22 doubles, two triples, 20 homers, 61 RBI and a .986 OPS (.406 OBP/.580 SLG) while posting more walks (47) than strikeouts (38). A Double-A Texas League Midseason and Postseason All-Star, Bregman also started at third base for the U.S. Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, falling a homer shy of the cycle.

Last year, Astros 1B A.J. Reed was one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.