Does A.J. Bregman have his priorities straight or what?
“Hopefully,” he said with a laugh Tuesday as he talked about his big brother Alex, “someday I’ll get to strike him out in the big leagues.”
Little brother today will join dozens of other athletes around the state and sign their national letters of intent.
Bregman, a senior left-handed pitcher for Albuquerque Academy, will sign this afternoon with the University of New Mexico.
“I really like (UNM head coach) Ray Birmingham and (pitching) coach (Ken) Jacome, and I think I would love to play for the people of UNM,” said the 6-foot, 185-pound Bregman.
Bregman is one of four players who’ll be at the Albuquerque Baseball Academy to sign their letters.
Cleveland’s big righty, 6-7 Jack Murano, is also signing with UNM. Gavin Maloney of N.M. Military Institute is signing with Santa Clara.
The fourth is Manzano’s Mitchell Parker, who originally committed to UNM but earlier this year changed his mind and will sign with Tennessee.
Bregman clearly is still riding the family high after Alex and the Houston Astros won the World Series last week over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“It was great. It’s amazing,” he said. “We’re all so proud of him. It was surreal to see him on that stage and see him perform as he did.”
A.J. attended the last five World Series games. Which begs the observation: He must have some great teachers to let him out of school for that long.
“They were for the most part pretty understanding,” A.J. said. “But I’m buried in make-up work. It’s worth it.”
Bregman said his brother has always been there to support him. But A.J. said Alex is unlikely to be at the signing ceremony today.
“He’s always been there to help me with my baseball. He’s a great role model to look up to,” Bregman said.
• Today marks the start of the signing period for most sports, and there are some heavyweight names on the list of metro-area athletes.
Cibola’s Amaya Brown, Cleveland’s Amanda Mayoral and Eldorado’s Ivana Corley are three of the more recognizable athletes on that list.
Corley, the Eagles’ two-time state singles tennis champion, is signing today with the University of Oklahoma. Up the road, Oklahoma State will be getting a signed letter from Mayoral, the state’s top cross country runner and three-time state champ.
Brown, who soon will make her official return to the Cougars’ basketball lineup after a year away with a knee injury, is signing with Florida State.
A pair of the metro area’s premier volleyball players also are signing D-I letters. La Cueva middle Annabelle Kubinski is signing with Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and Sandia Prep outside hitter Catherine Kelly will sign next week with New Mexico State.
La Cueva softball player Shannon Stein today is signing with D-I Central Michigan.
Cibola swimmer Joshua Harlan, a multiple state champion, is signing with West Virginia in a ceremony today next to Brown.
On the basketball front, Highland’s Crespin sisters, post Esperanza and guard Natazanya, are signing together on Thursday with D-I Hampton (Va.) University. Rio Rancho’s Camryn Hawkins is signing this afternoon to play hoops at UT-Arlington.
Cleveland High softball player Adrianna Castillo is signing with D-I Texas Southern University.
NOTES: One of the key members of the Albuquerque Academy boys soccer team, Nick Williams, has given a commitment to the Lobos. Soccer’s regular signing period begins Feb. 7.
… Volcano Vista football linebacker/end Joren Dickey missed most of the second half with a knee injury, but he is expected to sign a D-I letter next month with Sacramento State. There is a brief early signing period in football (Dec. 20-22), and Dickey plans to be in Sacramento next spring.