For all the slip-ups in April, no one could have imagined what Houston Astros‘ top prospect George Springer would do in the month of May. While the potential was widely accepted, the follow-through has been absolutely astounding.
Springer is making a strong case for inclusion in the All-Star game. In the month of May, his first full month as a professional baseball player, Springer is hitting .325 with 8 home runs and 21 RBIs. Also impressive, he’s only struck out three times in his last six games. It’s as if he can do no wrong.
Springer has been on a torrid stretch. He’s hit five home runs, driven in 11 and scored 8 runs in his past four games. Those numbers are borderline fictional.
Excluding Jose Abreu, Springer leads all American League rookies in home runs and RBIs. And he’s doing it all hitting in the two-hole in the batting order. That’s not exactly an RBI-rich spot in the lineup.
This is an incredibly exciting time for the Astros. They are putting up consistent offensive numbers, particularly out of the top four hitters in the order. Springer is the catalyst in those top four obviously, given his ridiculous stretch. But he wouldn’t be able to put up those kind of numbers if Jose Altuve and the bottom of the order don’t give him someone to drive in. He’s capitalizing on the opportunity.
It’s awesome for Astros’ nation to start seeing it all coming together after so many years of being the laughing stock of MLB.