LSU’s Alex Bregman earns National Shortstop of Year Award

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman dons his helmet before a Baton Rouge Regional game against Sam Houston State last season. Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said Bregman, who's mired in a 4-for-41 slump, is “too good of a hitter. He’s too good of a player for this to continue.”
Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman dons his helmet before a Baton Rouge Regional game against Sam Houston State last season. Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said Bregman, who's mired in a 4-for-41 slump, is “too good of a hitter. He’s too good of a player for this to continue.”

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Hall of Fame announced Saturday that LSU freshman Alex Bregman is the winner of the 2013 Brooks Wallace National Shortstop of the Year Award.

Bregman, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., batted .369 with 18 doubles, seven triples, six home runs and 52 RBIs during his first college season of his college career, leading the Tigers to the College World Series.

“It is such an honor,” Bregman said. “This is a team award, and I have to thank all of my great teammates. To have won this award with all the other great shortstops in the country is truly an honor.”

Bregman will be presented with the award Saturday night in Lubbock during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.

The award is named for Brooks Wallace, a Texas Tech shortstop from 1977-80 who died at 27 after a battle with leukemia.

“Deciding back in fall practice to name Alex Bregman as our shortstop for 2013 turned out to be the impetus for our LSU team to win four championships on our way to qualifying for the College World Series in Omaha,” coach Paul Mainieri said. “He had big shoes to fill in replacing a four-year starter in Austin Nola, and he handled the job with great poise and leadership. He had a tremendous season in the field, making all the plays you want a shortstop to make, and at the plate as our most consistent hitter and toughest out.

“I’m not really sure what else he could do to contribute to the success of our team than what he did. It’s very exciting to think we have Alex leading the Tigers for another two years in Baton Rouge.”

Bregman was a first-team All-America selection and was named the National Freshman Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball magazine, among other honors.

This summer, Bregman is playing with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during its summer tour, which includes a series of games in Japan.