Houston Astros to promote top prospect George Springer

Outfielder George Springer is one of the top prospects in baseball and on Tuesday night news broke that the Houston Astros are finally set to bring him up to the big leagues in time for Wednesday’s game.

George SpringerSpringer earned a promotion after going 3-for-4 Tuesday night with a grand slam. He opened this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, and has hit .353 with three home runs, nine RBIs and four stolen bases in 13 games. He will likely take over right field duty in Houston and you shouldn’t expect him to relinquish it any time soon.

The 24-year-old split last season between Double-A Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City. He finished the 2013 season with a combined .303 average, with 37 home runs and 108 RBIs in 135 games. He added 45 stolen bases and an OPS of 1.010.

At 6-3 and 204 pounds he’s a well-built, solid prospect who should be able to handle the grind of the big leagues without a problem.

The Minnesota Twins selected Springer in the 48th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, but he opted against signing and went to UConn to play baseball. It was a smart decision. He was a Freshman All-American in 2009, the Big East Player of the Year in 2011 and was a consensus All-American in 2011 as well. The Astros then selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft and gave him a $2.52 million signing bonus.

ESPN’s Keith Law ranked Springer as the 19th-best prospect in all of baseball this offseason, and MLB.com ranked him 21st.

Springer is a big part of Houston’s future and he is just one of many big-time prospects the Astros will likely promote over the next two years.

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