Astros To Promote George Springer

Top outfield prospect George Springer will join the Astros tomorrow, reports Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston. The 24-year-old entered the season as a consensus top-25 prospect.

Springer

As I recently discussed, Springer is among the game’s near-MLB-ready prospects who has yet to see any MLB time. If he sticks on the big club for the remainder of the year, Springer would accrue 166 days of service — short of a full season, but more than enough to set himself up to qualify for Super Two status. That means that the Astros will still stand to control him through the 2020 season.

Springer climbed up prospect rating boards after a monster 2013 campaign in which he hit a combined .303/.411/.600, and posted 37 home runs and 45 stolen bases, in 589 plate appearances split between Double-A and Triple-A. Entering the 2014 season, analysts rated Springer between 18th (Baseball America) to 21st (MLB.com) among all MLB prospects. The 2011 first-round pick looked well on his way to a repeat of that performance in the season’s early going.

Looking ahead, Baseball America says that Springer possesses outstanding bat speed but can be beaten with offspeed offerings given his aggressive approach. With plus or better arm, speed, power, and defense tools, BA says that Springer should be a productive big leaguer even if he struggles somewhat (as many expect he will) to make contact at the MLB level.

Though he is a tall and powerful ballplayer, Springer profiles as a center fielder. But with that position occupied in Houston by offseason acquisition Dexter Fowler, Springer will presumably take over in left field for the optionedĀ Robbie Grossman.


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78 Comments on "Astros To Promote George Springer"


letsgogiants
1 year 4 months ago

Houston fans should be excited. On here, Luhnow mentioned that it takes at least a couple of weeks to evaluate whether or not to promote a player, so I imagine the Astros have been evaluating Springer since opening day on whether to include him on the 25 man roster. Even if he has growing pains, I’m sure the Astros and fans will be giving him every chance to improve.

Sky14
1 year 4 months ago

The more appropriate term would be delaying, not evaluating.

Ron Loreski
1 year 4 months ago

If they were delaying, he wouldn’t be called up until June. So evaluating is the appropriate term.

1 year 4 months ago

Even by delaying him two weeks, they can prevent him from hitting free agency by one year. He’ll likely be a Super Two player now, but Houston picked up an extra year of service time.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

I don’t think there is anything wrong with waiting to promote him, keeps the big money teams from snagging up sooner. It is a business

Sky14
1 year 4 months ago

Not much additional information can be gained by a couple weeks of “evaluating” but an additional year of control was gained by delaying his call up. They can spin it how they want but they were likely more concerned about gaining a extra year of control than him proving his readiness.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 4 months ago

Fowler and Springer … now that’s a good outfield!
Change is coming in Houston, the future is bright.

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 4 months ago

Where’s the pitching at? I don’t see it…

Kennon Riley
1 year 4 months ago

Oberholtzer 3.50, Albers 1.69, Feldman 0.44, Keuchel 3.75, Clemens 0.00, Qualls 3.86

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

Small sample sizes: Priceless.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

What are we suppose to use?? We have only gotten a small sample size u what are u commenting on, a gut feeling? haha

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

You’re not supposed to draw any conclusions at this point.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

So we shouldn’t be excited and look at what the staff has done thus far or look at the young arm s on the way…..we should be negative…like u??

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 4 months ago

Neil Walker is on pace to hit ~ 60 homers, maybe hes the next Barry Bonds?

BWillie
1 year 4 months ago

Let’s see…using an alias, negative toward any Astros positive signs…are you Bud Selig?

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

Oh my god, I’m not even xD

Since when is pointing out small sample sizes considered a huge negative? We all know Scott Feldman won’t finish the season with a 0.44 ERA (although if he could hold on for a bit, since he’s on my fantasy team at the moment that’d be great). Similarly, we all know that the Astros have some great pitching prospects in the minors, but the numbers I responded to don’t say anything about the long-term potential of the team. They don’t address the concern raised above.

Also, did not one get the reference of the “priceless” thing? Seriously?

I didn’t realize Astros fans suffered from such intense persecution complexes o.O

BWillie
1 year 4 months ago

Just messing with you. :)

Kennon Riley
1 year 4 months ago

So two starts in for Tanaka and he gets all the praise despite a small sample size? Sure he’s got the stuff but he’s prone to home runs. Will he have a meltdown eventually? Possibly.

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

Wait how is this relevant to anything?

Kennon Riley
1 year 4 months ago

Well, you countered the stats with a small sample size claim. While this is true, the Evil Empire continues to get the most of publicity and praise. I just brought the reality of a small sample size into the future.

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

I have no idea what you’re trying to say o.O

brian
1 year 4 months ago

To be fair, the starters are continuing the trend from the end of last season. And the BP looks like it will be solid this year. I would say the pitching outside of the BP hasn’t been the problem. The only troubling pitcher they had has been DFA’d and hopefully Springer will add a spark to the lineup and re-energize the players.

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

I’m definitely excited for Springer, if only because he was the prospect I took in this year’s fantasy draft. I didn’t expect to see him before mid-May, so I hope he gets off to a hot start.

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 4 months ago

Lets just go ahead and give Feldman the Cy Young, huh?

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 4 months ago

Ha! Yeah, I’m sure all of those super stars will sustain that all year and in to the future lol

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

You have not been watching then! Conzart, and Appel are on their way too!

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 4 months ago

The next Lucas Harrell and Jordan Lyles huh?

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 4 months ago

Good outfield? Fowler is okay but nothing special. They got him for a back of the rotation pitcher so that tells you something. Springer is an older prospect and we will see what he can do in the majors. I wouldn’t call it a good outfield by any means.

As a side note:
Fowler’s career
at Coors: .298 avg .880 OPS
on Road: .241 avg .694 OPS

DerekJeterDan
1 year 4 months ago

Compared to Fernando Martinez, Rick Ankiel, JD Martinez, & Justin Maxwell… Dexter Fowler & George Springer = good OF improvement.

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 4 months ago

Improved outfield? Yes. Good outfield? Not so much.
I do hope Springer’s success translates to the majors.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

He is in the top 25 prospects but you know more than the experts, God…..Negativity……go to another thread!

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

Hey, I’m noticing that you’re new here. We generally try to go for good, analytical discussion in these comments. Tko raised a couple good points/concerns, and that’s not the same as attacking your team or claiming he knowns “more than the experts.” Prospects fail in the majors all the time.

It’s cool to see people excited about the Astros, but try to dial back the aggression a little bit, alright?

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

I don’t go to every minor league game, I can only go by stats and what the experts say and Springer is projected to be very good. I dealt with fans like you on my showfor 3 years, total negativity , I don’t miss it at all!

Karkat
1 year 4 months ago

Well, whatever, I tried xD

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

I guess I don’t see it your way then I am wrong…….and you are preaching to me……..typical

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

I am a glass half full not half empty, that is just who I am. I want to be excited about my Stros. Been a fan sense 81′ and I am ready for great times.

RHairston11
1 year 4 months ago

What part about Springer being “an older prospect” is a good point/concern?

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 4 months ago

The point was “that he is an older prospect.” His road to the majors took longer than most. A guy like Giancarlo Stanton is the same age and has already 504 games of experience under his belt.

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 4 months ago

I said I hope his success translates to the majors (not sure how thats negative). Being in the top 25 prospects does not mean anything. There have been so many top 25 prospects by so called experts that have failed for whatever reasons (example: Lars Anderson was #17 according to Baseball America). I don’t blame the experts for being wrong sometimes either, all they can do is make projections not guarantees.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

Doesn’t mean anything……comeon you are arguing to be arguing? So would you rather have a top 25 player or #150? Springer has a great shot of being a good ball player for the Astros.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

I rather have the #1 farm system than one of the last farm system in MLB, which the Astros had a few years ago.

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 4 months ago

Seems like you are arguing to argue? You just keep responding without even addressing any of the points I’ve made. Yes I would rather have a top 25 than a top 150 because he is projected to be better. That does not mean he will be better, hence why I gave the example of Lars Anderson. Everyone on the top 100 list has a great shot and being a good player but it doesn’t mean they will be. Original point was Fowler, Springer, Grossman is an improved outfield but not a good one (yet). Fowler is a product of Coors and has horrible numbers away from there. Springer may very well be good but I’ll wait until the end of the season to pass judgement on his ability in the majors. Grossman is a .269 career hitter in 2621 minor league at bats.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

And Springer is .303, what does that mean? What am I not addressing, I am addressing everything? You brought up Lars Anderson, what do you want me to do, bring up a player that did become a star? At least you said “Yet”…………so you are now saying we can be excited about what “can” happen if this OF plays well……

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 4 months ago

Chill pill maybe? Its a promising outfield mainly because of Springer. Fowler and Grossman aren’t long term answers in my opinion. Lars was brought up because it seems you think every top 25 prospect will be a good player.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

I never said every top 25 will be a star but I think Astro fan should be excited and put our faith that he will be……because we are fans. We both have solid points and I am glad u are passionate about the Astros

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

Whatever dude, it is nice to be excited………and if you can’t be excited about this then u need to change teams, we don’t need ya.

Jun Kim
1 year 4 months ago

You seriously need to calm down. The guy was not rude, didn’t make any offensive comments to you or towards your team. He was being realistic and cautious. Just because he isn’t as excited as you are or being bit overly optimistic doesn’t give you the right for you say he should change teams or give any offensive comments.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

If u notice above I did and told him he had good points and thanked him for being an Astros fan, but thanks for advice

Jun Kim
1 year 4 months ago

and then you told him to switch teams…. Well your welcome. I wish all the best for your Astros. As a Toronto Sports fan I can feel your pain. All you can do is to be optimistic and hope for the best.

StevePegues
1 year 4 months ago

Who is this Change guy? What position does he play?

richardb21
1 year 4 months ago

YES, ABOUT TIME!!!

Brian Stevenson
1 year 4 months ago

It’s time, guys!

Brian Jud
1 year 4 months ago

More UConn success!

LazerTown
1 year 4 months ago

Hope the local kid can make it.

Now if Mike Olt can start hitting!

Garrett West
1 year 4 months ago

Go Astros! Definitely gotta go to the game tomorrow to see part of the future of the ‘Stros, George Springer!!!

LazerTown
1 year 4 months ago

It’s exciting. I wish the best for him. It finally seems like Houston and Chicago are making moves towards legitimacy.

EndlessMikeJr
1 year 4 months ago

A year late but hey they need anything they can to actually win.If they get another 100 losing season to secure a 1:1 draft than they league should do something.
Springer looks like a Puerto Rican Pence and in this ballpark I think he can be great.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

It was really no reason to bring him up last year because they were so bad. but now go Stros!

BENT_WOOKIE
1 year 4 months ago

i’m glad the astros are out of the division, I can pick him up on my fantasy team guilt-free.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

Felt the same way about the Cubs and Cards…..haha

Bls
1 year 4 months ago

Really great to see this. Something had to change. No major league team should be hitting this poorly.

UK Tiger
UK Tiger
1 year 4 months ago

Should have been up for Opening Day, but at least Luhnow has realised his mistake quite quickly.

LooksEasyOnTV
1 year 4 months ago

Well-drawn-out plan is now being called a mistake? You do realize that nothing regarding his development has been by chance, right?

Luhnow is taking advantage of one of the only advantages that a team in the Astros’ position has–the ability to strategically promote talent to the major league level.

UK Tiger
UK Tiger
1 year 4 months ago

I can see that point entirely, but for me the only reason he wasnt on the OD roster was his decision to turn down that long term extension offered to him last year, yes im sure the service time considerations came into it…maybe im just too cynical in my old age šŸ˜‰

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

I understand your frustration but that extra year is very important. Go Stros!

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

Well said!

LazerTown
1 year 4 months ago

Isn’t a mistake. They knew they weren’t competing this year, and were able to get an extra year of arbitration for only 2 weeks of lost production.

Shane
1 year 4 months ago

No he didn’t, it was smart because they got an extra year. If you are an Astros fan you should be happy he waited 2 weeks so they got a extra year of control of him

LooksEasyOnTV
1 year 4 months ago

Best position player prospect promotion for Astros fans to be excited about since Hunter Pence in 2007! A bit sad but Luhnow has the team on the right track, only a matter of time now.

Kennon Riley
1 year 4 months ago

Gotta give credit to Ed Wade too.

Bob Hulsey
1 year 4 months ago

Luhnow wanted to wait until June 1st to start Springer’s service time but the Astros are hitting like they don’t want to be in the big leagues. Seven of the nine batters last night are batting below .200 and the defending all-time MLB strikeout kings (despite being an AL team where the pitchers don’t hit) fanned 12 more times. So Springer’s call-up now is because he can’t be any worse. Lance Berkman was signed to a 1-day contract earlier this year and he probably was the best Astro hitter in the building even though he was retiring. Springer had a high K rate in the minors so he’ll fit right in.

coldgoldenfalstaff
1 year 4 months ago

Good decision. Springer had a poor spring and Grossman had an excellent one.

But since they’ve played games for real, it’s been the opposite.

Springer’s ready, and it would have been stupid to call him up to ride the bench.

Trent Golden
1 year 4 months ago

No more Harrell and Springer is promoted — this is like Christmas for Astros fans!

mwilly33
1 year 4 months ago

As an Astros fan I’m very excited about this. It does call to mind the anticipation for Hunter Pence in 2007…which is a sad commentary on the “prospects” we’ve had to be excited about over the last decade, as Astros fans. It’s also great to know that there are a handful of other guys that can/ may make their debut in 2014.

I’m bummed that I won’t be there tonight to cheer wildly when he’s announced…oh well, there is tomorrow night!

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 4 months ago

Hey! Hunter Pence is a solid player. .284/.338/.811 is a decent career stat line. I’m sure everyone is hoping Springer is better but if at worst he becomes another Pence, its not entirely a bad thing either. For the sake of you Astros fans though, I do hope he is better.

Cyyoung
1 year 4 months ago

Seen this kid play all the way back to High School (actually Prep School), kid is going to be good, very good. Astro Fans should be happy.

BucsRN
1 year 4 months ago

Astros fans should be really really hyped to see Springer. I am too now that I have him on my fantasy rosters. But just a quick comparison. McCutchen (the NL MVP last season) had great minor League stats and was a highly anticipated addition in Pittsburgh. Springer’s stats are far better than Cutch’s ever were. So if I were you I wouldn’t worry about the two weeks you missed, and instead look forward to what should be a new era of excellence in Houston.

bucsws2014
1 year 4 months ago

Happy to see another UConn guy in the bigs. Hope he does well for y’all.