George Springer continues to prove he is one of the best young players in the Major Leagues. Springer was called up back on April 16. Before Springer got the call, he tore up Triple-A Oklahoma City this spring where he batted .353/.459/.647 with three home runs, nine RBI, scoring 17 runs and swiping four bags in just 13 games.
Springer has made the transition from the minors to majors very well and has made a huge impact for a team that has struggled the last several years. Since then, he has been one of most productive bats in the Astros lineup. Springer is currently batting .250, with 10 home-runs and 32 runs batted in. Over his last 12 games, the super prospect has homered six times, and drove in 17 runs.
The young slugger leads the team in homers and RBI's. Springer not only leads his team in a few categories, but he is also among the leaders in nearly every category for rookies, and is second in home runs and RBI behind Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. At the current pace that he is on, Springer could find himself being in the discussions for American League Rookie of the Year, along with Abreu and New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
Springer has also come up big late in games for Houston. Over the last two weeks, 8 of his 17 RBI have come in the sixth inning or later, including a two-run single in the eighth inning to propel the Astros to win Thursday night over the Los Angeles Angels.
As long as Springer spends the rest of the season in the major leagues, he will record 166 days of service time, in which he will remain under team control through the 2020 season. With the way Springer has been playing, there are absolutely no reasons why he would not spend the entire 2014 campaign with the Astros. At the pace he is on, Springer will be in line for a superb rookie season, and one that may finally help revitalize a Houston team that currently has an overall record of 26-35 after losing 100 games last season for the third consecutive year.
The 24-year-old outfielder is proving exactly why he has been one the most talked about prospects over the past few years, and is showcasing why he is the total package and how he has all of the potential to improve and become one of the league's top players over the next few seasons.
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