Houston has agreed to terms with LSU shortstop and No. 2 overall draft pick Alex Bregman, according to Mark Berman of MyFOXHouston.com.
Last year the Astros failed to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken, so they received the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft as compensation and selected Bregman. In three years at LSU he hit a combined .334 with 21 homers, 65 steals, more walks than strikeouts, and a .921 OPS in 166 games.
Baseball America rated Bregman as the fourth-best prospect in the draft class, calling him “one of the safest picks” because “scouts are nearly unanimous that he should at the worst be a productive big league middle infielder.”
Obviously the Astros are betting on him being an impact player, but either way he should move through the farm system quickly and could be in Houston at some point next season. Where he’ll play is less certain, because the Astros have their long-term double-play duo in All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve and stud shortstop prospect Carlos Correa.
The recommended slot value for the No. 2 pick is $7.4 million.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.