The Houston Astros are well on the way to yet another ugly season as the youth movement continues to grind forward. However, a glimpse of a possible future has been provided by the long anticipated debut of top prospect George Springer.
The 24-year-old was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday and promptly plugged into the Astros’ starting lineup. Springer had been tearing it up in the minors to the tune of .353 with three home runs and nine RBIs in only 13 games. He had also stolen four bases as well, flashing all of the tools that have many fans salivating over the possibilities.
The former first-round pick in 2011 put up ridiculous numbers last season as well, splitting his time between Double- and Triple-A. Springer totaled 37 home runs, 108 RBIs and 45 stolen bases while maintaining a .303 batting average in 135 games between the two levels. Clearly, his debut on the big stage was only a matter of time, and his arrival in Houston has created an understandable buzz for a franchise in dire need of some positive vibes on the field.
Springer was originally placed in the No. 2 spot in the batting order, but has been hitting cleanup for the Astros, including on Saturday afternoon against the Oakland Athletics. Springer went 1-for-4 on the day, but the future is bright for the young outfielder. He obviously had nothing left to prove in the system, and the time was right for a promotion.
Springer is going to strike out quite a bit, especially at the beginning, but his potential is impossible to ignore. He should eventually become an extremely productive player for the Astros, and a key member of the hypothetical future renaissance in Houston.
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