What Does George Springer's Latest Accolade Mean For Houston Astros?

By Josh Sippie
Brad Penner – USA TODAY Sports

George Springer has been touted all year as one of the most exciting prospects in all of baseball. He tore up the Houston Astros‘ minor league system across Double-A and Triple-A ball, hitting .303 with 37 home runs, 108 RBIs and 45 stolen bases.

It’s safe to say he’s a five-tool player. Springer never got called up to the MLB Astros club due to not being on the 40-man roster, but he’s all but a guarantee to be patrolling center field come the Spring. Springer took home the Minor League offensive player of the year award across all minor leagues.

Springer is only the third-ranked prospect in the Astros system behind Carlos Correa and Jonathan Singleton. All three hold the future to the Astros in their hands, but it’s the exciting center fielder who is likely to make an impact in MLB the soonest.

The award itself is a fairly prestigious award. One needs only to look at who won the award the last three years: Wil Myers, Mike Trout and Freddie Freeman. It’s safe to say that if Springer can mirror the success of these three and continue the award’s history of identifying MLB talent, the Astros will be in much better shape than they were in 2013.

Springer’s hitting ability is freakish, and he’s only gotten better each time he’s be promoted to a new level. There is no reason to believe that he can’t continue this trend when he inevitably comes up to the bigs in Houston.

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