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Double-A: Astros’ Bregman Leads South To Texas All-Star Victory

Astros' top prospect Alex Bregman helped the South All-Stars to victory in the Texas League All-Star Game and will now be promoted to AAA. (Photo by: Fernando Gutierrez Jr./MiLB.com)

Astros’ top prospect Alex Bregman helped the South All-Stars to victory in the Texas League All-Star Game and will now be promoted to AAA. (Photo by: Fernando Gutierrez Jr./MiLB.com)

The best Double-A talent was showcased on Tuesday night in the annual 2016 Texas League All-Star Game at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri, the home of the Springfield Cardinals on Tuesday night.

The Texas North All-Stars with Dodgers’ prospect RHP Chase De Jong starting were the home team as they took on the Texas South All-Stars, who had Astros’ RHP Keegan Yuhl as their starter. De Jong however, would pitch to just one batter though, and collecting an out before leaving the game. The righty is on a pitch count so the organization felt that any “extra” work could interfere with regular season play.

The South squad got on the board with an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first when top prospect Alex Bregman hit a two run homer on a fly ball to left field. Bregman, who is the Houston Astros top prospect was just named to the 2016 MLB Future’s Game at this year’s All-Star Game. The shortstop, who also spends time at third base, will also be officially promoted to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies after the All-Star game. Bregman finished the night 2 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBIs.

In the top of  the third, Astros’ prospect Derek Fisher hit a RBI single on a ground ball to right field to send home Teoscar Hernandez to put the South up 3-0.

In the bottom of the third the North All-Stars finally got on the board when Willie Calhoun hit a sac fly to left field to send home Drew Maggi for a 3-1 ballgame.

In the bottom of the fourth, the North team cut the deficit and were now just one run down when Mauricio Ramos hit a RBI single on a line drive to send home Alex Verdugo. In the top of the fifth, the South extended their lead with a RBI single by Ryan Cordell for a 4-2 ballgame.

The top of the sixth was a big inning for the South as they once again extended their lead with a three run homerun on a fly ball to right field to take a five run advantage.  But, Texas League South wasn’t done just yet, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled on a line drive sending J.D. Davis home to tack on another un in the top of the seventh.

In the top of the seventh however, Bruce Caldwell helped the North All-Stars put some runs on the board as he hit a three run homerun to make it a 8-5 ballgame. The North was unable to get any more offense going as they drop to the South in the 2016 Texas League All-Star Game.

Rangers’ prospect Ryan Cordell (Frisco RoughRiders) was named the 2016 Texas League All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. Cordell was 3 for 5 with a homer, 4 RBIs and two runs scored on the night.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

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Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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