Astros phenom George Springer has arrived - here's everything you need to know
The Astros have officially called up top outfield prospect George Springer, so brace yourself for some offense down in Houston.
Listed at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and more than capable of patrolling center field, Springer swiped 45 bags between Double- and Triple-A last year. That stat alone would be mildely impressive, but Springer also belted 37 dingers in 135 games. So it's safe to say that he's well-rounded.
The 11th overall pick in the 2011 Draft, Springer hit .250/.413/.361 with one homer and five steals in 35 at-bats during Spring Training but general manager Jeff Luhnow deemed him a "special talent" and predicted that he would be a starting outfielder in Houston at some point this season.
That "special talent" was on display when Springer flashed the leather down at Spring Training:
And when he delivered a walk-off single:
Springer started the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City as he was touted as the game's 21st best prospect. He righted the ship at that level, though, jumping out to an 18-for-51 start and posting a .459 OBP.
If Springer's versatility is at all familiar, it might be because he models his game after Tigers center fielder Torii Hunter.
To say that Springer's athletic prowess is genetic would be an understatement. His dad, George played in the 1976 Little League World Series and his mother was an accomplished gymnast. Oh and he's got two sisters: one who played softball at Uconn and another who's currently a freshman pitcher at UCF.
You can follow Springer on Twitter (@gspringer_4) if you're interested in checking out his watch game or enjoy pictures of dogs wearing scarves. More importantly, you can tune in to catch the start of the new era of 'Stros baseball on Wednesday, as Stringer's slotted in the lineup batting second and playing right field.