Saturday, August 17, 2013

When Will George Springer Be Called Up To The Big Leagues?

  
  One question that's been on the minds of many Astros fans is, "When will George Springer be called up to the Majors?". Yesterday, those fans might have gotten an answer.
  
  Astros general manager, Jeff Luhnow, says that Springer is likely to finish the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City's season ends on September 2nd, but the Redhawks are likely going to make the playoffs, which could push that date back even further. According to Astros beat writer, Brian McTaggart, Luhnow had this to say in regards to George Springer's estimated arrival time:

"The most important thing I want everybody to focus on is he’s having a great year, he’s a guy that unless something changes is going to be in our outfield next year. All this discussion about what day is he coming up is really not that relevant right now. What’s relevant is a he’s a guy we’re excited about, he’s having a tremendous year, we’re going to let him finish his year at Oklahoma City and make a determination after that as far as how much time’s left and whether or not is makes sense to bring him up. I see him as a guy who’s going to come to Spring Training next year competing for our every day center fielder job, and I see him as a big part of our team next year. That’s really the message I want our fans to focus on, not worry too much about the date he comes up. There’s a lot of factors that go into it, and we’ll make the best decision for the organization. As a general manger, when the fans are asking when your players are coming up because they want to see them in the big leagues, that’s a testament to our scouts and player development people and Springer himself for doing what he’s done this year."

  Springer has split time between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City this year, batting a combined .304/.414/.611 with a minor league leading 34 homers, 99 RBI, & 38 stolen bases. He also became the first minor league player to hit at least 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season since former Oakland Athletics minor leaguer, Grant Desme, did it back in 2009.
  It should be exciting to see Springer compete for a spot on the 25-man roster next year in Spring Training, and even more exciting to see him playing in an Astros uniform.