I know it’s only Spring Training, and I’m trying to curb my excitement. But today’s news out of the Astros Grapefruit League game against Toronto is all good. Astros outfield prospect George Springer clubbed two homeruns in a 10-1 win over the Blue Jays in Dunedin.
Springer hit a 3-run shot in the fourth and a 2-run dinger in the fifth. The next time up he was hit by a pitch thrown by Toronto left-hander Alex Hinshaw. I don’t know if it was intentional because I didn’t see it, but after the two homers, you’ve got to wonder. Thankfully, Springer wasn’t hurt. Springer, 23, is slated to start the season in AA, but if he continues to impress, his advancement through the ranks could be accelerated.
Springer wasn’t the only member of the Astros offense to have a big day. Matt Dominguez had two hits, including a double, and Carlos Corporan had a pair of two-baggers. Robbie Grossman and Nate Freiman both doubled to continue their respective hot streaks. Ten of Houston’s 18 hits went for extra bases.
Alex White pitched two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring. White allowed one hit and one walk. Jarred Cosart also pitched two scoreless frames and Jose Cisnero went 1 & 1/3 scoreless in his first outing of the spring.
Tomorrow Lucas Harrell gets the start as the Astros host the Yankees at 12:05 Central.