Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Strikeout King and special assistant to the Houston Astros, Nolan Ryan tlaked to Mike Meltser and Seth Payne about the Astros recent call up of one of their top prospects George Springer.
Springer will make his debut with the Astros Wednesday night after producing a .353 average with 3 home runs and four stolen bases in 13 games with the Astros AAA affiliate Oklahoma City this season.
“He’s a pretty exciting player,” Ryan told Mad Radio. “He’s got a lot of power. He’s got a great arm, great speed, he steals a lot of bases, he’s going to make things happen. He’ll be exciting to watch.”
“George is the type of player that has shown in the minor leagues that he can have an impact on your ball club. And he’s at the point, I think, in his development that the organization felt like it was time to bring him up.”
Springer will be plugged into an Astros lineup that is looking to jumpstart their offense after sitting dead last in team batting average after 15 games this season. Rarely do players make the jump from AAA to the show without some struggle.
“There is an adjustment learning the pitchers. Pitchers are going to be looking at reports on how to get him out. And he’s going to have to make some adjustments and that’s part of the process,” Ryan said. “You just have to get him at bats, put him in there and give him an opportunity to just get his feet on the ground and start making adjustments.”
The Astros play the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night at Minute Made Park with a 7:10 first pitch.
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