Houston Astros Finally Promote George Springer

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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The Houston Astros look to be on the cusp of officially promoting top prospect George Springer  from Triple “A” Oklahoma City in an attempt to jump-start their anemic offense. The Astros are currently batting .185 as a team through the first 14 games and sit hunkered in the basement of the AL West with only five wins on the young season. It is speculated that outfielder Robbie Grossman will be demoted in a corresponding move however pitcher Lucas Harrell has been designated for assignment.

 

Springer has been on fire for the Oklahoma City RedHawks batting .353 with three home runs and four stolen bases forcing the Astros hand to make the call. Springer went out in style blasting a grand slam on the night of his promotion propelling the RedHawks to an 11-9 victory over Colorado Springs in what he hopes will be his last minor league game.

The Astros postponed a year of Springer’s free agent eligibility when the outfielder did not make the team out of camp. The extra two weeks in the minors will ensure that Springer does not test the open market and remains under team control until 2020 as opposed to 2019 if he has made the team out of camp.

Don’t be surprised if the Astros attempt the lock up Springer long-term as contract talks were rumored to have taken place this past off-season between the two respective camps.

The former 1st rounder is currently ranked 18th on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospect Rankings for 2014 and joins a plethora of Astros blue-chippers recognized on the list. Springer is the first of the youngsters to get the promotion which will surely signal a youth movement very soon in Houston.

Look for Springer to be in the lineup when the Astros take on Jeremy Guthrie and the Kansas City Royals tonight in Space City. 

Spring-er has sprung early for the Astros faithful in Houston.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher







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