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George Springer homers twice in return to Astros’ lineup

May 25, 2014, 9:38 AM EDT

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George Springer was held out of the Astros’ lineup on Thursday and Friday after tweaking his hip flexor when he was picked off at first base by Angels starter Jered Weaver in the topĀ of the ninth inning Wednesday night in Anaheim. He returned to action on Saturday and appeared refreshed, homering twice and driving in five total runs as Houston routed the host Mariners 9-4 at Seattle’s Safeco Field.

Check out both blasts here, courtesy of MLB.com:

Springer got off to a sluggish start following his April 16 promotion to the major leagues, but the talented 24-year-old outfielder now has a .963 OPS with six home runs and 16 RBI in 19 games this month.

Springer, a first-round pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, was a .319/.431/.630 hitter with 21 home runs in 75 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Baseball America rated him a Top 20 prospect this past winter.

  1. yahmule - May 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Houston better be careful. They’re going to screw around and not finish with the worst record in baseball for the fourth consecutive season. Better demote him. You have to think about seven years from now, not what’s good for the development of the best player to come through the farm system in the last 20 years.

    • paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Feel free to give one example in which the Astros did something that was not best for the development of the player.

      • yahmule - May 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Please. You practically gave them a standing ovation for trying to use a major league promotion as the carrot-on-a-stick to accept that garbage contract offer. You know the kid has been ready since the middle of last year, but you would be fine with them keeping him down all year.

      • paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        No I didn’t. All I said was that sending him down guarantees an extra year of team control. Find one Astro fan that wouldn’t trade 2 weeks of Spring on this team for an exta year of control.

        You are just wrong. 12 kinds of wrong, and that is all the ways there are to be wrong. In the middle of last year, Spring had 0 PAs in AAA and 400 PAs above A-ball and he was striking out nearly 30% of the time in both A-ball and AA. There isn’t a single organization that would have had him up with the MLB club with those kinds of contact issues.

      • paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Feel free to find one quote from a baseball person that thought Springer was ready for the Majors while in AA last year.

      • yahmule - May 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        First off, Springer is always going to strike out a lot. That’s who he is.

        Second, you show me one example of any scout or front office person from another organization criticizing the way another team handles one of their prospects. it simply isn’t done.

        You also misstate a few things. Springer didn’t play A ball at all in 2013, but he did have 266 PA @ AAA with an OPS of 1.050. The Astros could have thrown their fans a bone and called him up in September, but they apparently loved that 0.0 TV share way too much. But, yeah, Jim Crane will start spending money as soon as they’re ready to to win. That’s totally going to happen.

      • paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Behind all of your ranting and inaccuracies, what is your evidence that spending 1/2 year in AA and 1/2 year in AAA hurt Springer’s development and that it didn’t help his development? Is it all of those MiLB games you attended in which you saw that he was ready?

        You are just making up crap about a situation you know nothing about because you don’t like the way Houston is rebuilding. You don’t even recognize that your arguments don’t support your thesis because you haven’t provided any evidence that Springer’s handling wasn’t what was best for him….as if somehow Houston isn’t invested in him being the best player he can be.

      • Old Gator - May 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        I propose a contest to postulate a 13th kind of wrong. It’s out there. There’s no other way to account for why unified field equations keep falling apart in the middle. You can theorize based on the way matter and energy behave that there is a wrong we haven’t identified yet, but look, we nailed the Higgs boson, and we can find that elusive missing wrong.

        I’m gonna start writing my grant proposals right now….

      • yahmule - May 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Knock yourself out, Gator.

        http://mkaku.org/home/articles/what-to-do-if-you-have-a-proposal-for-the-unified-field-theory/

        8~)

  2. yahmule - May 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Listen, anybody with a functioning brain – who isn’t deluded by fanhood of the team – can see that Jim Crane is in over his head. They have a lower payroll than the Marlins. He’s clearly got a huge case of buyer’s remorse, as should be obvious by his completely meritless lawsuit against Drayton McClane and Comcast and this will all end in tears. Not to mention that this supposedly progressive franchise passed on Buxton/Bryant for Correa/Appel. That’s going to look like a glaring example of front office inefficiency soon enough.

    • paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      I’m not a fan of the Astros. Just a fan of facts. And that little diatribe is 100% fabrication….because like any good owner Crane hired people to do a job and then got out of the way.

      Oh no, a team with the top pick didn’t take the player people think will turn out to be the best…that never happens except for pretty much every year.

      • yahmule - May 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Passing on a Troutian talent like Byron Buxton so they could pay Carlos Correa $2.4 million less than the slot value for that pick is not getting out of the way. It’s the exact opposite.

      • paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        Except, of course, EVERYONE thought Appel was the clear choice for #1.

        You are being myopic and revisionist.

    • paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      By starting this post, “anybody with a functioning brain” to mean, anyone that doesn’t agree with me…you may as well have just said….Look, I don’t have any evidence to support my view, if you don’t share it you are wrong.

      Apparently, by your definition, almost no one has a functioning brain because almost no one agrees with you on this.

      • yahmule - May 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        You don’t speak for everybody. Just the gullible.

      • paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        I’m not the one claiming to speak for everyone.

        I’m not the one hurling insults rather than supporting my argument with fact.

        I’m not the one making a string of outrageous claims without supporting a single one of them with fact.

  3. xpensivewinos - May 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    This Springer kid looks pretty good!

    • Old Gator - May 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      He does. Looking forward to the day when the Astros square orf with the Feesh and Springer plays the young gun looking to take down the Iron Giant.

      “When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.” – Tuco

      “Stranger there among them had a big iron on his hip.” – Marty Robbins

      “You go for that gun cowboy and you’re gonna have two assholes, and one of ‘em is gonna be right between your eyes.” – Doc Holliday

  4. bronco58lb - May 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Jeff Luhnow tweets often about his organization’s minor league triumphs and rarely complements his major leaguers.

    Maybe at the end of the year, the Astros can hang up their California League championship banner at Minute Maid or present Tony Kemp at home plate with a silver bat for winning the California League batting title.

    • Old Gator - May 25, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      I can read a sarcasm font with the best of ‘em but the funny thing is, if they did that it would be terrific for the guys trying to haul ash from the minors to the show. Big morale booster, great way for the mother club to let them know they’re watching and appreciating them.

  5. thekingdave - May 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Paying 2.4M less than slot fully knowing they’d be able to draft Lance McCullers as a first round supplemental pick. I’m not saying it’s the right move, and you can’t say so either. Anyways, going to have to side with paperlions on this one.

    • yahmule - May 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      There’s always a way to spin any decision, but that was still the lowest bonus since the Royals drafted Luke Hochover in 2006. Can you say for certain that McCullers wouldn’t have been available when the Astros picked at the top of round two? The decision was ultimately about money. Do you have information about how close Houston came to being penalized for being over cap on their top ten picks in 2012? It seems like they could have massaged those salaries in some other way.

  6. bigdaddystyle - May 25, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Well…I came here for more info on this stud Springer. Nothing to find unfortunately. The comments are instead filled with internet conflict. Way to go “fans”. lol

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