California dreamin’ is right!
Hofstra University catcher Kevin Bruggeman has signed a free agent contract with the Angels, becoming the ninth player in program history to ink a contract with an MLB organization.
Bruggeman’s breakout performance during the Pride’s 2023 season lured the attention of scouts and led to the agreement with Los Angeles.
A four-year member of the Hofstra’s baseball program, Bruggeman earned First Team All-Coastal Athletic Association honors this spring, batting .325 with 20 doubles, six home runs, 41 RBIs, and 50 runs scored.
The Trumbull, Connecticut, native — whose favorite athlete is retired New York Met David Wright — led the Pride in doubles and runs scored, while ranking second in both home runs and RBIs.
At Hofstra, Bruggeman started in 124 games, compiling a .292 career batting average, 34 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 83 RBIs, and 101 runs scored.
This summer, Bruggeman was making making his mark on the New England Collegiate Baseball League playing for the Upper Valley Nighthawks. At the 2023 NECBL All-Star Game, he received Most Valuable Player honors.
On Monday, Los Angeles assigned Bruggeman to the organization’s Arizona Complex League affiliate.
Top photo: Kevin Bruggeman (center) celebrates with teammates near home plate after slugging a home run this spring. (Source: Twitter)