George Springer May be the Next Face of the Astros
It is a lot to ask of a 25 year old to be the focal point of a team’s renaissance. It is even more to ask of that 25 year old who has all of 345 major league plate appearances to his name. Yet, that may well be what the Astros will ask of George Springer, even as soon as the 2015 season.
It certainly stands to reason as to why such lofty expectations would be placed on Springer. Prior to each of the past three seasons, Springer was considered to be one of the top prospects not just on the Astros, but in all of baseball. His 65 home runs and career .302/.398/.562 batting line over parts of four seasons certainly proved such lofty praise to be correct.
However, that success has not yet translated over to the majors for George Springer. Yes, it has been a rather small sample size, but Springer posted a .231/.336/.468 batting line with Houston. However, springer still hit 20 home runs, displaying his amazing power and showing why he could be a middle of the order bat for years to come.
There are certainly signs that Springer can be that player for the Astros. During may of last year, Springer was in the midst of a torrid stretch, posting a .294/.385/.647 batting line, hitting ten of his twnety home runs in that month. It had appeared as though the savior for the Astros had truly arrived, and was ready to lead the team forward. Indeed, Springer could well have proven to be the second coming of Astros of the previous decade.
And that is what Houston is banking on George Springer to become, another Jeff Bagwell type both on and off the field. The Astros hope is that Springer can anchor the middle of the lineup and be that player who swiftly becomes a fan favorite, someone that is considered much watch television and a draw at the gates. Those hopes may well be placed on Springer as soon as 2015, as the Astros hope he can be that next face of the franchise.
A lot of the Astros hopes, both on and off the field, may be pinned on George Springer. Hopefully, he will be able to be everything that the Astros expect.