HOUSTON - Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has been named the 2016 USA TODAY Minor League Player of the Year, the team announced Tuesday.
Bregman is the first player in Houston franchise history to receive the award, which is given to the top-performing prospect in baseball.
Nominees for the distinction are voted on by a 10-person panel at USA TODAY Sports, as well as fans. Bregman beat out four other finalists, including current teammate, pitcher Joe Musgrove.
Bregman hit .306 with 22 doubles, two triples, 20 homers, 61 RBI and a .986 OPS in 80 games in the minor leagues between Triple A Fresno and Double A Corpus Christi. He started at third base for the U.S. team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
Bregman was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft and was the first position player from his draft class to debut in the MLB when he started at third base against the New York Yankees on July 25. Since Aug. 6, Bregman is batting .333 with 10 doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 26 RBI and a .990 OPS in 28 games.
In that time, Bregman ranks among the top 10 American League hitters in doubles, extra-base hits, runs, RBI and hits.