The Houston Astros announced their Spring Training non-roster invitees recently, and while the team has invited nearly all of their high draft picks from the past few years, 24 year old George Springer highlights the list. Springer who was selected by the Astros in 2011 with the 11th pick said “it’s an honor” when asked about making Spring Training this season. The consensus is that Springer has the best chance to make the lineup out of camp.
Springer, last year, had a season that was nearly an all-time great minor league season. He finished three homeruns short of a 40 homerun and 40 stolen base season, a feat that had not been accomplished in decades.
“It’s all about the game first,” Springer said about shutting out the talk of his individual accomplishments. “The goal is to help us win.”
Springer certainly helped win at both levels he played in 2013. The Astros AA (Coprus Christie) and AAA (Oklahoma City) affiliates made their league playoffs last year.
During his monster season Springer never really concerned himself with that inevitable call up to ‘the Show.’
“The only thing I can control is how I went out and played and how I support my teammates,” Springer said.
This off -season the Astros went out to improve their Major League roster. They brought in center fielder Dexter Fowler via a trade with the Colorado Rockies. Folwer is a plus defensive center fielder with a ton of speed. With Springer currently playing CF, the move blocks the path of the Astros top outfield prospect; unless a position change takes place.
“If it’s going to help them win with me in right, that’s fine,” Springer said of moving to a corner outfield position. “If it’s going to help us win going to left that’s not an issue with me either.”
During the off-season Astros Manager Bo Porter and Astros GM Jeff Luhnow have both talked about Springer in-depth. You get the sense from both of them that it’s just a matter of time before Springer joins the team this season. The real question is will Springer make the roster out of camp or not.
“The only thing I can do is go out and play,” Springer said of his chances to make the Astros this March. “Whatever happens at the end of the day happens.”
While fans may not like the wait, the saying is “the best things in life are worth waiting for” and if Springer is anywhere close to the player he was last year the Astros future seems a little bit brighter going forward.
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