HOUSTON (CBS Houston): Get excited. One of the Astros highly touted top prospects is on his way to the big league team. Now, stay excited, because more are coming. They could be here sooner than you think.
Astros team president Reid Ryan told me Wednesday that Springer is just the first of many call ups the team is likely to make this year. He also indicated the moves may be relatively soon.
“This team has a lot of talent,” Ryan said. “Over the course of the year, we will bring guys up” to get the most out of this Astros squad.
Ryan believes the team can make a big jump in performance this year. He and GM Jeff Luhnow aren’t afraid to swap out guys who aren’t performing for guys who are.
Ryan said sometimes young players do a “Texas Two Step” when they reach the big leagues, taking two steps forward, and then one step back at the major league level. With so many players struggling offensively on the big club, and so many big time prospects in the minors, seats are staying very warm on underperformers.
Ryan was not shy about the fact he feels the team has pitched well and failed to hit. The Astros as a team are batting a meager .185 through 14 games. In 8 of those games, they have scored 2 runs or fewer, all losses. The team is averaging a league worst 2.86 runs per game.
Ryan said the team would be calling more players up, based on how well guys at the major league level played and how well the prospects were playing, but made clear the ‘standardized table’ is gone. Performance is the sole factor now.
With a talent pool of near major league ready players including 1B Jonathan Singleton, P Mark Appel, P Mike Foltynewicz, and phenom SS Carlos Correa, expect a lot of moves coming this summer for the Astros.
Notes: With P Lucas Harrell designated for assignment, a spot has opened up in the Astros rotation. Brad Peacock is the likely favorite to slide into the rotation for now. Ryan also mentioned Paul Clemens, who has been getting stretched out in the minors and went 3 scoreless innings last night, as a potential rotation candidate.
Patrick Creighton is the host of “Nate & Creight”, with Nate Griffin, Sundays 2-5p on Sportsradio 610 Houston. Follow him on Twitter at @PCreighton1