Alex Bregman, 3B
This one may or may not come as a shock to you, especially since a former MVP resides on the roster in Jose Altuve. He won the 2017 MVP after a phenomenal season. However, due to a nagging knee injury, Altuve’s star fell ever so slightly while Alex Bregman‘s shot into superstardom.
Bregman had a truly historic season that saw him launch over 30 homers, drive in over 100 runs, and hit over 50 doubles. This was an incredible feat that had only been accomplished 18 times prior to 2018.
This historic season was greater in an underdog manner and he did not receive the credit that he was due when the season concluded as he only placed fifth in MVP voting. However, he’s starting to gain notoriety, he’s starting to build his brand. So, 2019 may very well be his year.
Bregman was still pre-arbitration for his salary for this season and was going to play on it even though he was disappointed. Fortunately, the Houston Astros recognized his value and coughed up the money to lock him up for a long time to the money he’s earned. To be exact, it is a six year, $100 million deal.
Bregman loves the game and is one it’s biggest grinders. His new money isn’t going to ruin his work ethic. His new money won’t take away his drive to be the best. If anything, it adds extra fuel to the fire. Bregman is poised for a major 2019 season and it’s really easy to see how it turns into a true MVP contender.
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Honorable Mention: Jose Altuve, 2B
This part is obvious, right? I mean, as I stated above, Altuve won that 2017 MVP behind a new power surge and some pitches that made batters look flat out silly. He had a .346 batting average to go with 24 homers, 32 stolen bases, and a .957 OBP.
A knee injury robbed him of his production in 2019 but the thing about Jose Altuve is that even his down years and immensely better than the rest of the MLB. He has appeared to be fully healthy and ready to go for the 2019 season.
The team will ride or die with their first true superstar. They were able to overcome his injury last year but is that sustainable? Maybe, who knows. Regardless, if he’s more healthy that he was before, he’ll get back into the MVP conversation.
Do you think these three guys give the Houston Astros their best shot at postseason hardware? Whitley could snag the ROY, Verlander could easily pocket the Cy Young, and Bregman is just a flat out beast. Let us know your thoughts below!