Houston Astros' Triple-A Club Bounced From Playoffs; Call Ups Coming?

By Josh Sippie
H. Darr Beiser – USA TODAY Sports

The question that’s been on every Houston Astros fans’ mind since the call ups began in late July has been, ‘When do we get to see George Springer?’ Well, fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on who you ask, it may be sooner than expected.

After setting a franchise record with all of their top six minor league clubs making the playoffs, Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City RedHawks, and perhaps the team with the most promise, going 82-62, were unceremoniously bounced after blowing a late lead in Game 3 of their opening series.

And that was it, their season was over.

Now, greedy Astros fans everywhere should be clamoring for the arrival of the fabled Springer, who could breathe life into the flailing MLB level club. Jonathan Villar, Robbie Grossman, Jason Castro, Matt Dominguez and the occasional heroics of Brandon Barnes have been carrying the weight of the offense by themselves, and would welcome the likes of a Springer, who embodies all five tools to the MLB club.

Presumably he’d step into center field, pushing Barnes to right and leaving Grossman in left. Hopefully that means he could cut into the playing time of Chris Carter, whose strikeout escapades have become a laughing matter.

The problem is that the call up of Springer, and possibly Jonathan Singleton, would require them to be added to the 40-man roster — a process that has become very inconvenient for the young and upcoming Astros.

While I feel like I speak for many when I say that no hearts would be broken if Philip Humber, who has no place on the MLB roster, was released, the Astros have proven that they are hesitant to part ways with anyone. Worse case scenario, if they part ways with Humber or Erik Bedard and another club does pick them up and they mysteriously go crazy and pitch effectively, it would only be for three to four years, given their age. By that time, the new wave of Astros will be controlling the club.

It’s time for Springer. No more excuses are available.

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