Time to Shine: George Springer
George Springer has failed to get a hit in only 7 of his first 26 major league games. And he’s reached base in all but 4 of his games. Don’t be fooled by his anemic .231/.298/.356 slashline, he’s a better hitter than that reflects. Over the past 2 seasons, he’s crushed AAA pitching, posting a .319/.431/.630 slashline. Of course the Astros 24 year old top prospect has a history of high strikeout totals (24.5% at the AAA level) which has gotten worse since his promotion (36.8% in 26 MLB games). That part of his game is likely here to stay, at least for the near future.
He’s currently owned in just 54% of ESPN leagues. I can understand that. In re-draft leagues, he’s a lottery ticket. But with all of the injuries going around (and not just to starting pitchers), Springer can easily slide into your 5th OF slot in standard leagues. Over the last 15 days, he’s the #34 outfielder on ESPN’s player rater (ahead of Andrew McCutchen and Jacoby Ellsbury). Now, I’m definitely not suggesting that you should drop any established stud off to a slow start for Springer. But, if your squad has been bit by the injury bug and you need a replacement, Springer is likely available and is a power/speed combo guy. He’s only going to get better. On his way, he’ll rack up more 3 strikeout games than combo meals (HR + SB) so give him a look especially if you play in an OBP league.