The Astros’ infield prospect looked like a full-blown ringer in the Futures Game, annihilating baseballs for a triple, double, and single, respectively, in his first three at-bats. (He popped out in the fourth, missing a chance to become presumably the first player ever to hit for the cycle in a Futures Game.)
Though primarily a shortstop to date in his minor league career, Bregman started at third base — the position that likely represents his best route to the Majors, since the Astros have Carlos Correa at short. He made a couple nice plays there, too, first starting a slick 5-4-3 double play and later demonstrating good range and a quick release while charging a slow chopper. He did fumble a broken-bat roller after moving to shortstop later in the game, but hey, Carlos Correa plays short.
Also worth noting: Bregman has a 1.019 OPS this season across Class AA and AAA play. He looks ready.
Hu required only eight pitches to get through a perfect fifth. He struck out both Ryon Healy and Dom Smith — a pair of guys here for their hitting — and elicited some genuinely lousy looking swings in the process.
Did you know that Hu’s surname is phonetically identical to a commonly used English pronoun, which so happens to be associated with a popular Abbott and Costello sketch about baseball? Well, it is.