Albuquerque’s Alex Bregman and Albuquerque Isotopes pitcher Jeff Hoffman on Tuesday were named to the All-Star Futures Game to be played July 10 in San Diego as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star weekend.
The rosters were announced on MLB Network on Tuesday. Bregman, 22, was the one player the network interviewed after the United States and World rosters were unveiled.
The Albuquerque Academy graduate, former LSU Tiger and the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Houston Astros in 2015, went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Texas League All-Star game Tuesday night. He came in hitting .297 with 54 runs and 14 homers in 62 games with Double-A Corpus Christi. He walked 42 times with only 26 strikeouts.
Bregman told MLB Network his power surge this season has to do with a mindset change, as well as adding 20 pounds in the offseason. He also said he is excited about the future, which appears to be as a third baseman with the Astros. He has now played more than a dozen games at third this season.
“I’m just as comfortable there as I am at shortstop,” he said during his MLB Network interview.
After this week’s All-Star festivities, Bregman will join the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate the Fresno Grizzlies in the Pacific Coast League, the same league as the Albuquerque Isotopes. Fresno hosts Albuquerque for a series in July and visits Albuquerque in August.
Hoffman, who joined the Colorado Rockies organization last summer from the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the Troy Tulowitzki trade, is 4-5 with a 3.49 ERA this season for Albuquerque.
The Futures Game will air on MLB Network.