The sound off the bat of George Springer when he connects with the ball is something unlike anything you’ll hear around the Major Leagues, which is why the Houston Astros are so excited about the talented rookie’s future.
Springer, 24, gave the fans in Minute Maid Park a reminder of that potential when he launched a first-inning home run off Taijuan Walker that sounded like a lumberjack striking his axe against a big redwood tree and sent the ball into orbit.
The official length of the home run was estimated at 445 feet, making it the fifth longest home run in the history of the ballpark, but it would have sailed much longer had it not struck the facade of the stadium in left field.
As the announcer said during the video, there are few players who can hit the ball with as much power as Springer. I could listen to the sound of the ball rocketing off the bat all night long.
Springer represents a major contingent of the rebuilding project underway in Houston and should be hitting many, many more home runs into the left field bleachers at Minute Maid Park over the better part of the next decade.
With a deep and talented farm system that includes former No. 1 overall picks, Carlos Correa and Mark Appel, the Astros hope to get out of the cellar of the American League West and field a consistent winner in the next two-three years with the prodigious power of Springer leading the way.
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