Fantasy owners, make room on your roster because top Houston Astros prospect George Springer will be called up on Wednesday. The Astros have plenty of prospects in their farm system and Springer is the first of many to make it to the big leagues.
The Astros must be happy enough with Springer’s 2014 numbers as he has played in just 13 games at the Triple-A level. In those 13 games, though, he’s hitting a .353/.459/.647 line. He also has three home runs with nine RBI.
Springer was a name many fantasy owners were talking about last year. At the Double-A and Triple-A level, Springer just barely missed a 40-40 season, finishing with 37 home runs and 45 stolen bases. Coming to the major leagues less than a month into the season gives Springer a huge opportunity to get 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. However, it will come at a cost. Springer has a high strike out rate. He struck out 161 times in 2013.
Many experts predict Springer to slide into the No. 3 spot in the order, in between Jose Altuve and Jason Castro. Springer will bring much-needed life into the Astros outfielders. The current group has hit .171/.247/.357 so far in 2014.
Springer was already drafted in deeper leagues. He is available in more than 80 percent of ESPN.com leagues. If he’s there on your waiver wire, run over and pick him up. Early projections for Springer have him hitting .270 while reaching 30-30 and 75 RBI. He’ll be a great fantasy option for years to come with the ability to provide power and speed.