Astros prospect George Springer homered in four consecutive plate appearances on Friday. Springer is currently hitting .310/.356/.572 for the Lancaster JetHawks, Houston’s High-A affiliate in the California League. Springer’s power surge helped the JetHawks sweep a doubleheader against the Lake Elsinore Storm. Springer homered in his last at-bat of game one and went deep all three times he came to the plate in the second game.
Springer’s three-run shot in the first game helped seal a 7-2 win for starting pitcher Tyson Perez (2-0, 1.64 ERA). In the second game Springer turned in a performance that I would rate equal to a perfect game by a pitcher. Springer hit two solo shots and a two-run blast in a 5-3 win for the JetHawks. Games in Minor League doubleheaders consist of only seven innings, otherwise Springer may have done even more damage.
The JetHawks centerfielder now has eight homers and 32 RBIs for the year. Springer also has eight stolen bases in nine attempts. Last year’s first round pick looks like a good one. Watch out Josh Hamilton, the Astros have their own Superman in the making.