After looking at George Springer‘s minor-league numbers and how he improved at each and every level, it only made sense that he’d come to the Houston Astros and destroy MLB-level pitching. Well, that wasn’t necessarily the case, as he sputtered from the get-go. He’s already only six strikeouts behind the team leader and that’s in much fewer at-bats. However, we knew strikeouts were going to be a problem for Springer.
As of late though, Springer may finally be near hitting his stride, as in his last 10 games he’s hitting .262 with two home runs and four RBIs. The 19 strikeouts are still going to be a problem though.
The Astros would like nothing more than to have a powerful Springer hitting in the .280s in the middle of the lineup, especially given the struggles of their other main power threats like Jason Castro, Jesus Guzman and the woeful Chris Carter. Given the skill set on Springer, it’s almost assumed that he will achieve consistency at some point. He could very easily turn into the 30 home run 100-plus RBI guy that the Astros desperately need.
All the Astros need to do is temper down some of the pressure and expectations on Springer. He’s clearly over aggressive at the plate, having only drawn six walks thus far compared to 37 strikeouts. Jose Altuve was overly aggressive as well when he began his MLB career, but he was able to learn some patience. Hopefully Springer can follow suit and become the super star that he’s capable of being.