For Alex Bregman the opportunity to come to LSU to play baseball was something that he couldn't pass up. The 5-10 177 pound Bregman will be relied on heavily this season for the Tigers, especially with the departure of shortstop Austin Nola. While it is somewhat uncommon for a true freshman to start from day one in college baseball, Bregman will do just that when he takes over the duties at shortstop on opening day. Bregman, from Albuquerque, NM, discovered very quickly what his priorities should be at LSU and on the field. It doesn't take long to realize that Bregman is everything that LSU's Paul Mainieri said he would be.
"I try to put everything I can into this game," said Bregman. "Hopefully it turns out where I play well every time I step on the field. I am just looking to help the seniors on this team achieve their goal of getting to Omaha and winning a title."
If anyone has questions regarding the work ethic of Bregman, Mainieri explained that he puts in work long after the rest of the team has gone home. Bregman explained that he and one LSU senior try to get thiings accomplished whenever there is an opportunity to get something done.
"Mason Katz and I decided we wanted to take some ground balls," said Bregman. "It was like ten at night, so we just found someone to hit us grounders. It was fun. We just like to be working all the time and I think that was the case with that."
Following a productive senior year of high school, Bregman was considered to be a high round pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. His stock eventually slipped because of his determination to attend college and play baseball for the Tigers. According to Bregman, it was a pretty simple decision to not sign with the Boston Red Sox, who drafted him in the 29th round.
"I came here on my official visit and I loved the fans and the coaches," said Bregman. "These guys are the greatest teammates in the world. I get to play where I want and I have a chance at a National Championship. That was my reasoning behind not going pro, and I am really excited about it."
Ever since arriving at LSU, Bregman has made a conscious effort to pick the brain of the player that he will be taking over for this season. Bregman explained that Austin Nola has made it clear to him what it will take to reach Omaha, being that he was a part of the 2009 National Championship team.
"Austin Nola was a great player," said Bregman. "I have had a chance to work out with him a few times since I have been here. He is a tremendous role model and he had a great career here. He is just a great friend now."
"He told me to take everything one pitch at a time and stay positive throughout the season. He wants me to keep in mind that the ultimate goal is to win a title and we have to get out there and work for it."
While Bregman is making an effort to be a great shortstop like Nola, he also knows that he can't compare himself to Nola.
"I just have to take things one day at a time," said Bregman. "I can't try to do too much or try to live up to what Austin did here, because he was an incredible player. I just have to be me out there and continue working every day to improve. There is always rom for improvement in the game of baseball."
One thing that isn't in doubt about Bregman is his excitement to be wearing the purple and gold. Being from New Mexico, one would not expect Bregman to have grown up a fan of the Tigers. However, that was ultimately the reason he decided to attend LSU.
"Playing at LSU is a lifelong dream," said Bregman. "I'm so excited to be here and to be wearing the purple and gold. I've followed them my whole life and now I get to be a part of something great, and I'll get a pretty good chance at a title."
"Just putting it on today for practice was an incredible feeling. I've worked hard to get here and I'm going to make the most of it."
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