HOUSTON (CBS Houston): Batting second, playing right field and wearing number 4 against the Kansas city Royals on Wednesday night, George Springer is finally a member of the Houston Astros.
It’s a dream come true for Springer, who was mashing at Triple-A Oklahoma City before his call up.
“He called me into the office and told me,” Springer recalled of how his manager informed him he was going to the big leagues. “I think I just kind of stared at him blankly. Once it kind of set in, I put my head in my hands. I was just in shock, in awe.”
After smoking minor league pitching for 37 HRs and 108 RBI while hittinng .303 last season, Springer has been even better so far this year. in 13 games with Triple A Oklahoma City, he has 3 HR 9 RBI 17 Runs and 4 SB. He was hitting a robust .353.
With minor league numbers like that, Astros brass does not expect Springer to be in awe of major league pitching. He was called up to help an anemic offense that is hitting a collective .185 this season, and has the worst runs scored per game average in baseball.
Springer knows it’s the only time he will get to make his MLB debut, and he’s enjoying taking it all in. “I just want to enjoy it,” he said. ‘…And help the Astros win.”
Springer’s parents will be in attendance to see his first game.
News and Notes:
Bo Porter said that Brad Peacock will replace Lucas Harrell in the Astros rotation. He is slated to pitch Sunday in Oakland against the A’s.
Porter also said that with Springer becoming the regular RF, L.J. Hoes will get an extended look in LF for now.
Scott Feldman comes off the bereavement list to start tomorrow’s finale against the Royals.