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The Week That Was
Alex Bregman was a popular riser in fantasy drafts, moving up into the early third round in 15-team drafts by late March. Bregman concerned those owners a bit with a very pedestrian April, hitting .250 with only one home run. Bregman has caught fire of late and is finally looking like the breakout young player we all expected after the Astros run through the World Series. In June, Bregman is hitting .286 with six homers, and is top five in baseball with 19 RBI and top 10 with 16 runs scored. After a quick demotion in April to the bottom half of the lineup, Bregman is now slotted into the two hole every day between George Springer as Jose Altuve, about as prime a lineup spot as there is in baseball.
Most impressively, Bregman has sliced his strikeout rate to 12.5 percent this season, while also increasing his walk rate to 13.4 percent. Yes, you read that right, Bregman has more walks than strikeouts so far through 73 games with 44 walks and 41 strikeouts. While cutting his strikeouts, Bregman has also increased his hard hit rate over 40 percent for the first time in his career. His career BABIP is .303, and with the number of hard hit balls he has this year, I expect his current .279 BABIP to rise. Bregman has also tossed in six stolen bases, as he looks to come close to matching his 17 steals from 2017. I love