George Springer sprung a phenomenal defensive play during the all-Texan MLB clash last night – jumping head first into the outfield walls to catch an Alex Rios fly ball.
Behind the Head!
At the top of the third innings with his side trailing 4-3, Springer sprinted to the wall with his eyes on the ball as Rios’ sweet hit flew through the Texan sky. Watching it all the way, the rookie hopped into the padded outfield walls of Globe Life Park and at the point of impact he took an incredible behind-the-head catch.
Rangers fans could only stand and admire the stupendous fielding by Springer, who according to MLB commentators had attempted the catch a couple of times this season but none were as spectacular as this.
Speaking to MLB.com, Springer said: “It was one of those balls where it was hit and I got a good jump on it and was just able to get it.” The 24-year-old was enjoying rookie year of his MLB career but may never take a catch as good as last night’s.
As he grabbed for the ball at full stretch his body slammed against the padded walls and rebounded on to the ground, but the ball and centre fielder remained together. The catch was the highlight of a brilliant game for the rookie who also smashed a home run in his two RBIs which helped the Astros to an 8-4 victory.
Springer had been starting as right fielder for the Astros this season to accommodate for Dexter Fowler who joined from the Colorado Rockies. But with Fowler out injured and his back-up Alex Presley also sidelined because of injury, Springer made the most his opportunity.
During his time in the Minor Leagues, Springer played the majority of games as centre fielder but is happy to be versatile in his rookie season. The youngster was highly rated before the season began when Baseball America named Springer as the 18th-best prospect to be named rookie of the year.
Springer became the first Astros rookie to hit 15 or more homers (hitting 19 after last night’s efforts) before the start of the All-Star break, which begins this week.
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