Brian McTaggart over at mlb.com has been writing a series of articles about the best Astro at every position throughout their history. This week he ranked the best Astros’ 3B’s ever.
This is a subject that Chip hit on in a series of articles a while back, but he didn’t get around to 3B.
McT’s top 5 list at 3B broke down like this.
- Alex Bregman (2016-2019)
- Ken Caminiti (1987-94, 1999-2000)
- Doug Rader (1967-75)
- Morgan Ensberg (2000-07)
- Phil Garner (1981-87)
The question today is – has Alex Bregman in about 3-1/2 seasons done enough to exceed what the other 3Bs have done in a lot more time in Houston.
There is no doubt that Bregman’s 3-1/2 seasons have been the best offensive block of time by a 3B in the history of the franchise. The only thing close to this would be Ensberg’s 2003-2005 time period, which disappeared as fast as it appeared. Even though he is 3rd in runs scored, and 4th in HRs and RBIs of the five, at the rate Alex is producing he should fly past the other 3Bs in those categories in a couple seasons. (A couple full seasons….). His .286 BA/ .384 OBP/ .911 OPS slash line is far beyond the other four. Ensberg is the closest with a .266/.362/.830 slash. And as the article stated he has been one of the most clutch Astros on some very strong teams – producing significant hits and HRs in every playoff series he has played.
He has played a lot less time, especially compared to Caminiti and Rader. They both played more than twice the number of games with the Astros and more than double the at bats. So, there is always the question of whether Bregman could become an Ensberg flash in the pan (I’m not betting on that). In addition, Bregman is a good third baseman and at times very good. But Doug Rader was one of the best defensive 3Bs in the game and Caminiti had the only arm that I could compare to Carlos Correa‘s arm in the history of the organization. On top of that, only Ensberg and one season of Cammy got to play in Minute Maid Park of the other four. And Bregman has been in the middle of a heck of a lineup that has afforded him a lot of traffic ahead of him and a lot of protection behind him.
In the end, there would seem to be a better argument for Bregman than against him, just because of his consistent high quality offense at the plate. And this has all been with seasons where he has not started hot at the plate. If that happens, watch out.
So, your turn. Would you rank Alex Bregman at the top of Astro 3Bs all time? Why or why not?