George Springer (photo by Cheryl Thurston)

George Springer may start season at AAA

I am thoroughly convinced that George Springer will be the Astros Most Valuable Player for the 2014 season. But he may not even be on the Opening Day roster.

Springer had a monster year in 2013 and has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues. But, in order to save a few bucks, the Astros may not promote their top outfield prospect until May. Waiting a month into the season to promote Springer would delay his arbitration eligibility for another year. Even though the 24-year old appears to be ready to make a major impact on a feeble lineup, his arrival in Houston may be delayed even further.

When asked about the possibility of Springer being one of the most impactful rookies in 2014, prospect guru Jim Callis offered an interesting opinion.


Astros fans are tired of waiting.

The losing is getting old and we are ready to see some improvement on the playing field.

Unlike other prospects that seemed to have mastered the AAA level — only to struggle in the majors –Springer is ready to deliver. Not only is he the best hitter in the organization, he also brings speed and defense to the table. Even if he fails to duplicate the awesome offensive numbers he posted in the minors, Springer’s overall skill set all but ensures he will still be a contributor.

Delaying a player’s progress in order to save a few bucks isn’t a strategy that was invented by the Astros. Every team does it. But haven’t the Astros saved enough money over the last two or three years?


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  • 1oldpro

    There is not one shred of evidence in your article. Jim Callis has nothing to do with the situation or Astros decisions. This is soybean and high fructose corn syrup. Would appreciate some beef and real sugar. You guys are too good to be cooking this.

    • astrosince1975

      Thanks for reading. I have already gone on record saying that I believe Springer will be the Opening Day CF. I just found it interesting that a national writer had a different take. I’m still keeping hope alive that Springer arrives sooner rather than later.

  • astrosince1975

    One of our readers asked exactly how delaying Springer’s callup would affect his status going forward. I reached out to Jeff Euston of Baseball Prospectus for clarification. Jeff kindly provided the following detailed response.

    “If Springer makes the Opening Day roster and never goes back down, he’s
    arbitration-eligible after 2016 and on pace for free agency after the
    2019 season.

    If he comes up around April 20, he’s still arbitration-eligible after 2016 (now as a Super 2) but he can’t reach free agency until after the 2020 season.

    If he comes up around June 10, arbitration probably is delayed until after the 2017 season and free agency until after 2020.”

    I want to thank Jeff Euston for helping out with clarification of this matter and I urge everyone to check out the Baseball Prospectus website and consider a subscription.