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George Springer made a ridiculous, wall-slamming catch

Jul 10, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT

Astros rookie George Springer has gotten lots of attention for his offense, which includes 19 homers and an .818 OPS in 74 games, but the 24-year-old outfielder can also do some spectacular things defensively like he did last night:

And that was just his fourth career start in center field, too.

  1. tmc602014 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Looked like Bump Baily on that play.

    • jeffa43 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Yes ! And at the dish he is Roy Hobbs!

  2. jeffa43 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    This kids potential is off the charts. Daily you see players looking at him, as if to say… How did you do that.

    He is seriously getting better every game. He will start to cut down on his K’s, and that is his only negative. One I will take with his obp, and ops…

    19 at the break, called up in late April, and took 2 weeks to his his first. His D, and O are worth the price of admission.

    Big Bopper Glenn Davis holds rookie record with 21, in a full season.

    Love the Splendid Springer!

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Yeah, this guy is pretty impressive. The strikeouts seem to be the only setback. I think he K’s so much because he doesn’t change his approach and shorten up his swing on 2 strikes. He still takes his long, hard swing on any count. Which is in my opinion part of the reason why he is doing so much damage. But hopefully with enough AB’s he can figure out how to keep driving the ball while trimming down on the strikeouts a bit.

    • hk62 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      The Big Puma has the rookie record with 21…and yeah that’s not surviving this season. Answering the question below about K rate – in the transition from AA to AAA last season, it took about 2 months before he started reducing the K rate – while he will always K at a high rate (and hit a lot of 2 strike HR as well), he’s abnormally high (for him) right now. Its never going to be a low number though (and please do NOT try to change him – Astros coaches!)

      And Aaron – might be 4th MLB start, but he played CF all last year in Corpus and OKC – its his natural position. RF is why (lol) he needed to be in OKC for 13 games this year.

      • stex52 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        Agree his K rate is always going to be high. But 25% is much more sustainable than 33%. At worst I think he is an Adam Dunn-type player. And that is pretty good. But I think he has the potential to be a lot better.

  3. stex52 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Good going, kid. Now just get that K rate below 33%. You’re killing my fantasy team.

  4. coffeeblack95616 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Uh, what would lead to the conclusion that he’s going to cut down on his strikeouts? Seems like most players actually continue striking out at the same rate (or more). Why would Springer be any different?

    • stex52 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      First of all, that was a request. We will see if he is able to comply or not.

      Second, he is young. All kinds of improvements are still possible.

      Third, he might be different for one big reason. He is actually a rather selective hitter. He takes a lot of walks and generally doesn’t get too far out of the strike zone. His problem is a tendency to swing through good pitches. That is something he might be able to improve with good coaching..

      If he stays at 33% it will limit him to just being an above-average player. If he gets down to 25+% or so (maybe a stretch goal) he could be really great. That is still a lot of K’s.

  5. coffeeblack95616 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    “Rest in peace Bump Bailey, baseball will miss you.”

  6. baberuthslegs - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Did anyone else notice that Springer seems to look away from the ball just as he is about to catch it?

  7. coffeeblack95616 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Stex, the comment wasn’t for you but for the text earlier on. And obviously your text was a request; it was phrased as one.

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