George Springer Continues To Exceed Expectations In Houston Astros' Farm

By Lee White
MLB: Houston Astros-Photo Day
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The Houston Astros have one of the better outfield prospects in their farm system. So far this season George Springer, has exceeded expectations. The Astros have moved him up from Double-A Corpus Christi to Triple-A Oklahoma City, but they will have to call up this young stud to the major leagues soon.

Springer, a five-tool prospect, has been absolutely on fire since his call-up to Triple-A and is probably wondering what he has to earn a call-up to the majors. He immediately became one of the Astros’ top prospects back when he was drafted in 2011. So far this season, he has 23 home runs and 65 RBIs to go along with his 27 stolen bases. In his 11 games since he was moved up to Triple-A, he has a triple slash line of .378/.477/.730.

That is ridiculously good, and I am wondering how he can improve his game.

Springer has had his problems with the strikeout, but as of late, and not just since his promotion, his strikeout rate has been steadily declining. If he can continue to do that, he will almost be unstoppable. To go along with his skills in the outfield, his power and high average, the outfielder will also draw walks. He is a bit of a free swinger, but also has a nice eye and works counts.

When Springer gets the call, he will immediately become a much-needed shot in the arm for the Astros’ offense. Also, his defense won’t hurt anything either. Right now, I believe he is ready, but for some reason the Astros haven’t given him the chance.

The way it looks right now, Springer will probably be a September cal- up once the roster expands, but I personally hope it is sooner than that.

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