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Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in Major League Baseballs 2015 first-year player draft, has shown an impressive ability to collect hits and contribute to winning baseball games. http://www.steelersrookiestore.com/Steelers-Troy-Polamalu-Jersey/ . If Bregmans spring training portfolio is any indication, hes also well-versed in the art of collecting free meals.Bregman enjoyed one of the thrills of his young career after introducing himself to a clubhouse full of new teammates at Osceola County Stadium in February. As a reward for the kids poise, manager A.J. Hinch assigned him to go to dinner with the Astros double-play combination of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Shortly thereafter, the three infielders drove from Kissimmee, Florida, to nearby Orlando for an evening of camaraderie and fine dining.Jose and Carlos talked about their journeys and gave me some words of advice, Bregman said. Jose treated. I ordered the most expensive steak [on the menu] and enjoyed every single bite of it.If his .896 OPS in the minors is a guide, Bregman might soon be dining with the two stars on a more consistent basis.When baseballs top prospects assembled at Petco Park in San Diego for the Futures Game last weekend, scouts and the national media naturally speculated on which player might be closest to arrival in the big leagues. St. Louis Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes and Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi are both in the conversation, but the front-runner might be Bregman, who received a promotion from Double-A Corpus Christi to Triple-A Fresno in late June to move within a rung of the majors.Bregmans performance in the Futures Game did nothing to quell the social media frenzy among Astros fans. After turning around a 98 mph fastball from Reyes for a triple, he added a double and a single to come within a home run of a Futures Game cycle.In the mode?Derek Jeter, his favorite player, Bregman prides himself on staying in the moment.One of the things we talked about this offseason back home was, Be where your feet are, Bregman said. If your feet are in Fresno, California, thats where your head needs to be. Thats where your mind needs to be. You dont need to be thinking about anything besides the next pitch theyre going to throw to you. Thats the mentality Ive been taking.With second base and shortstop already spoken for in Houston because of Altuve and Correa, Bregman will most likely have to shift to third base or left field upon arrival at Minute Maid Park. For the short term, hes playing shortstop in Fresno. With Colin Moran, Matt Duffy, Jon Singleton and Tyler White on the Triple-A roster, the Astros have only so many corner infield at-bats to go around. Just in case the plans change, Bregman takes plenty of ground balls at third base to stay prepared.The Astros threw an additional wrinkle into Bregmans future on Friday when they signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million contract. Gurriel is projected to play either third or second base in the majors, so the Astros are going to have to get creative or swing a trade to make all the pieces fit.Houstons front office is confident that Bregman can handle whatever comes his way because of his intelligence, athleticism and flair for making adjustments on the fly. Quinton McCracken, Houstons director of player development, exhausts his supply of old-school baseball labels in describing Bregmans competitive spirit.The kid is a baseball player, McCracken said. Hes a grinder, hes a grunt, hes a baseball rat and a competitor. He gets the best out of his tool set. Hes still young in his pro career, but hes really hit the ground running.Bregman, 22, is trying to join Cody Ross, Matt Moore, Jordan Pacheco and his good buddy?Blake Swihart, the?Boston Red Sox?outfielder, as the latest New Mexico native to reach the majors. While the Land of Enchantment has never been regarded as a baseball mecca, Bregman received more than his share of exposure as a Team USA member, Golden Spikes Award finalist and College World Series participant with a top-rated Louisiana State University program.Bregman has developed a friendly rivalry with Atlanta Braves prospect and former Vanderbilt star Dansby Swanson, the top pick in the 2015 draft, from their time as competitors in the Southeastern Conference. Bregman concedes that Swanson has better hair but wont yield any ground on the baseball diamond. During a media scrum at the Futures Game, Swanson craned his head a few lockers down and jokingly asked Bregman if he has any skill sets other than baseball.Zero, Bregman said. I used to play chess, but then I lost that [ability] too.The baseball rat in Bregman happily coexists with the self-improvement buff. Bregman batted .319 for the Lancaster JetHawks in the High-A California League last season, but he was disappointed that he hit only three home runs in 37 games. So he dedicated the offseason to weight training and better nutrition and reported to camp 20 pounds heavier in an effort to more consistently drive the ball.Bregman, a right-handed hitter, also visited what he calls the lab each morning and evening to work on his swing with his personal hitting coach, Jason Columbus. Hes taking a more strategic approach this year than he did in his first professional season. Against pitches on the outer half, he shoots for doubles to right center. When the ball is on the inner half, he tries to pull it in the air.Im not trying to hit a ground ball, he said. In professional baseball, if you hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield, youre out.Bregmans new approach has produced 19 home runs and a 1.009 OPS in 71 Double-A and Triple-A games. He also has 18 steals in 27 attempts in the minors, so he can run a little bit too.Amid speculation that Bregmans time is fast approaching, McCracken defers to Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for the final say on when the Astros will summon their hot prospect. But the folks in Houstons front office are all aware the question will be asked more frequently in the weeks to come.We dont want to get the cart before the horse here, McCracken said. But hes definitely making a statement. Theres no if, ands or buts about it.http://www.steelersrookiestore.com/Steelers-Coty-Sensabaugh-Jersey/ . 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Free-agent forward Terrence Jones has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to league sources.The Pelicans, as it stands, can only offer a one-year minimum contract, but sources say New Orleans is working to create sufficient financial wiggle room to get Jones 2016-17 into the $1.5 million range.Sources said that Jones received at least one other offer Thursday, reportedly paying him more money, but the chance to reunite with former Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis ultimately swayed the former Houston Rockets player to the Pelicans.Last season, the Rockets wanted to give Jones, a 2012 first-round pick, an opportunity to compete for the startingg job at power forward with Donatas Motiejunas. http://www.steelersrookiestore.com/Steelers-Terry-Bradshaw-Jersey/. A back issue delayed Motiejunas chance of winning the job, so by default it went to Jones. 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