LeMahieu, Bregman Finalists for Gold Glove Award

by Bill Franques
LeMahieu, Bregman Finalists for Gold Glove Award

BATON ROUGE, La. – Former LSU infielders DJ LeMahieu of the Colorado Rockies and Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros are finalists for the 2018 MLB Gold Glove Award.

The award is presented each year to the best defensive player at each position in both the National League and American League. LeMahieu is a finalist for the National League award at second base and Bregman is a finalist for the American League award at third base.

The award winners will be announced on Sunday, and they are determined by a combination of votes submitted by Major League managers and coaches and a sabermetric index provided by Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

LeMahieu is a two-time winner of the Gold Glove Award, receiving the honor in 2014 and in 2017. The two-time National League All-Star helped lead the Rockies to the playoffs this season, batting .276 in 128 games during the regular season with 32 doubles, two triples, 15 homers, 62 RBI and 90 runs scored.

LeMahieu, a native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., played at LSU in 2008 and 2009, starting at second base for the Tigers’ 2009 national championship club. He signed with the Chicago Cubs after he was selected in the second round of the ’09 MLB Draft.

LeMahieu hit .344 during his college career with 24 doubles, five triples, 11 homers and 87 RBI. He was named to the 2009 College World Series All-Tournament team, batting .444 during the Tigers’ drive to the national title.

Bregman helped lead the Astros to the 2017 World Series title, and he was voted the MVP of the 2018 All-Star Game. He hit .286 in the 2018 regular season with 51 doubles, one triple, 31 homers, 103 RBI, 105 runs and 10 stolen bases. Houston advanced to the American League Championship Series, where the Astros were defeated by the Boston Red Sox.

Bregman led the Astros in runs (105), hits (170), doubles (51), homers (31), RBI (103), walks (96), on-base percentage (.394) and OPS (.926), and at 24 years old became the youngest player in Astros’ history with a 30-homer season. He was named the Astros’ Most Valuable Player for 2018 in voting by the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Bregman, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., played at LSU from 2013 through 2015 and helped lead the Tigers to two College World Series appearances. The No. 2 overall selection by the Astros in the 2015 MLB Draft, Bregman was a two-time first-team all-American at LSU, and he was named the recipient of the 2013 Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s best shortstop.

Bregman was the 29th-round selection of the Red Sox as a high school senior in 2013, but he elected to enroll at LSU, where in three seasons he developed into one of the nation’s best prospects. He was finalist for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award, and he was named the 2013 National Freshman of the Year.

Bregman started all 196 games of his LSU career at shortstop, batting .337 (265-for-786) with 56 doubles, 10 triples, 21 homers, 148 RBI, 153 runs and 66 stolen bases.