Astros' Bregman unveiled as 'R.B.I. Baseball 19' cover athlete

Third basemen Alex Bregman becomes the first Astros player in 17 years to grace the cover of a MLB-licensed video game. Third basemen Alex Bregman becomes the first Astros player in 17 years to grace the cover of a MLB-licensed video game. COKEM INTERNATIONAL LTD.

When R.B.I. Baseball comes out Mar. 5 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, baseball fans will see Houston Astros third basemen Alex Bregman looking back at them.

The first Astros player in 17 years to grace the cover of a Major League Baseball licensed video game, Bregman has already seen a lifetime of successes around the game of baseball.  His resume includes a high school state championship and collegiate All-American honors, he was the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, a top prospect, is a World Baseball Classic gold medalist, World Series champion, American League All-Star, and Midsummer Classic Most Valuable Player.

Bregman finished 2018 with career best across nearly every offensive category, including home runs (31) and RBI (103).  Bregman's selection for the video game's U.S. and global covers makes him the fourth-straight player younger than 25 to be featured by R.B.I. Baseball, joining Francisco Lindor (2018), Corey Seager (2017) and Mookie Betts (2016).

Here's what the folks behind R.B.I. Baseball 19 say about the game:

Building on its foundation of matching arcade baseball action with an incredible depth of features, R.B.I. Baseball 19 – as developed by the MLB Games & VR team – delivers hundreds of new animations, updated player models, official MLB uniforms for every team, additional gear and equipment options, improved ball physics and amplified ballpark environments.  Each feature and functionality added to the game improves the fan experience, bringing them closer to the game of baseball in new ways, while remaining true to the franchise's core identity principles loved by millions –easy-to-use controls for fast-paced and fun gameplay.

The cover athlete for R.B.I. Baseball 19 in Canada will be Toronto Blue Jays infielder Lourdes Gurriel, Jr.

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