BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU shortstop Alex Bregman was drafted second overall by the Houston Astros in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.
Bregman is the highest drafted position player in school history and is the second highest overall after Ben McDonald, who was drafted first overall by the Orioles in 1989. Since then LSU has produced 15 first-round picks.
A watch party was held for Bregman in the Champions Club at Alex Box Stadium as the junior from Albuquerque, New Mexico waited for his name to be called in the MLB draft.
He could have gone pro from high school, but chose to go to LSU. It isn't hard to see that for Bregman it's not about the money or the recognition. He simply loves the game of baseball.
"I just want to play for as long as possible, and try to work as hard as possible to just be the best player I can be. I love working at the game maybe even more than I love playing it," said Bregman.
"I can promise you Alex Bregman would rather play baseball than eat or sleep. He is the consummate baseball player," said LSU head baseball coach Paul Mainieri.
Now that his professional baseball dreams are becoming a reality, there's a growing debate of whether Bregman's a major league shortstop or second baseman.
"I laughed at Harold Reynolds and some of the other experts that don't see him everyday," said Mainieri. "I've seen the kid everyday for three years. There is no question. Zero question in my mind that this guy is an excellent major league shortstop."
"Everybody can say whatever they want. I'm just going to have fun playing the game," said Bregman. "If I play second, that's fine. If I play short, that's fine. I just want to help my team win. I definitely think I can play shortstop."
It's that confidence in himself and his game that brought Alex to Baton Rouge to begin with.
"That a kid from Albuquerque, New Mexico had the guts to say that I'm not going to go out of high school to the MLB draft," said Sam Bregman, Alex's father. "I'm going to wait and go play for the LSU Tigers and try to win some national titles, and I'm going to work my tail off.
"That all paid off. That's what today's about. It's the best decision I've ever made, the most fun I've ever had for three years. And I'm just so happy."
LSU junior centerfield Andrew Stevenson joins Bregman being taken on the first day of the draft. The Washington Nationals selected the the Youngsville, Louisiana native 58th overall in the second round.
Stevenson currently leads the Tigers batting .356 as LSU prepares to appear in the College World Series, but even with his much-improved presence at the plate, he's known more for his outstanding plays in center field. Growing up as a football wide receiver and baseball outfielder, he says going after every ball comes naturally to him.
Bregman, Stevenson and the rest of the Tigers will return to practice Tuesday in preparation for a national championship run. LSU returns to the field Sunday at 2 p.m. in Omaha for the College World Series.