Pitchers and catchers have finally reported, meaning that baseball is officially back.
The Houston Astros, fresh off of two consecutive 100-win seasons, two ALCS appearances and a World Series Championship in 2017, appear to be flying under the radar heading into the 2019 season.
Similarly, Houston's third-baseman, Alex Bregman, who is coming off of a career year, is falling in early fantasy drafts.
I’m surprised Alex Bregman lasted until 24th in the #LABR mixed draft, considering his ADPs are 14th on ESPN and NFBC. Typically I fade players coming off surgeries that cut into spring training, but he’s coming off such a promising 2018, I’d be happy to chance it at that price.— Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) February 13, 2019
Bregman's stock is lower than his ADP (14th on ESPN and NFBC) because there is some concern over the health of his right elbow. Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow but is expected to be back in action at spring training on March 1.
Evidently, drafters are hesitant to use an early draft pick on Bregman despite his impressive stat line from last season. But should they be?
Bregman (2017): 155 games, .284 AVG, .352 OBP, .475 SLG, .827 OPS, 19 home runs, 71 RBI, 88 runs, 17 SB, 39 2B
Last year, Bregman was the most consistent player on a Houston team that was decimated by injuries, yet still managed to win 103 games. This year Houston should have