Alex Bregman didn't waste much time on the "first pro game" aspect of his debut Friday night, moving on to collect his first professional hit in the ninth inning of Class A Quad Cities' 4-3 extra-innings win in Cedar Rapids.
The No. 2 overall pick by the Astros in the 2015 Draft, Bregman hit the field in eastern Iowa a little more than 24 hours after being introduced to the media at Houston's Minute Maid Park. Bregman made good contact against the Kernels, lining out three times before picking up his lone hit in a 1-for-5 night for the Bandits, who sealed the Midwest League's first-half championship last week.
Bregman was drafted in the 29th round in 2012, but decided to attend LSU and raise his Draft stock. Three years later, he certainly accomplished that and signed a deal with the Astros with a $5.9 million bonus.
"It was the best thing that ever happened to me, going to school," Bregman told MLB.com. "The three years at LSU were the most fun three years of my life. Just to be able to say I did it and found a way to grind through those three years and get drafted. It's just the beginning now -- ready to get to work."
Once he gets to Houston, he'll once again play with Carlos Correa, baseball's No. 2 overall prospect. The pair met at a showcase in 2012 and hung out together before the Astros' Thursday night game.
"He'll be here one day," Correa told MLB.com. "Just showing him how we do it and the fun we have doing it."
Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.