Now it makes sense why the Houston Astros traded Justin Maxwell.
Right now they have a prospect in the minors, who is absolutely tearing things up. That prospect, as you could see from the headline, is George Springer.
Springer is a 23 year old outfielder, who is currently batting .312/.411/.615 with 25 doubles, 29 home runs and 35 stolen bases this season in 104 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Those numbers are absolutely ridiculous and could continue to get better as he could get called up in September when rosters are able to expand a bit.
He is currently 1 home run shy of posting a 30-30 season. Although his numbers are pretty impressive, his only problem is striking out. The young outfielder currently has a 134/59 K/BB ratio this year across both levels.
The good news is, he’s drawing more walks this season in the high minors. Springer could very well be invited to spring training next season, in hopes of making the major league roster. Who knows, maybe the kid could get an invite, but report back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Players this young could still use time in the minors to develop more. You don’t want to call them up too early, after an impressive season in the minors, then have them turn into a bust after they’re not able to keep things going in the majors.
It’s a good sign as they traded Maxwell, knowing they have a prospect in the minors who could be an All-Star outfielder, hitting 30 or more home runs for this baseball team in the future.