The Houston Astros don't have a lot going for them these days, but one of the few bright spots their fans have to look forward to is the day former UConn outfielder George Springer finally gets called up to the big leagues.
Springer has been killing it in the minors this year, both at the Double-A and Triple-A level, and today he will be among 50 of the game's brightest prospects featured in the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field.
The 15th Annual Futures contest matches a team of the top prospects from the United States up against the top prospects from the rest of the world. Springer will be starting for Team USA in right field, and the game will be carried live on ESPN2 starting at 2 p.m.
It's a well deserved honor for Springer, who is making a strong case for a September call-up for the moribund Astros. In 73 games at Double-A Corpus Christi, Springer hit .297 with 19 home runs, 55 RBIs, an OBP of .399 and 23 stolen bases in 28 tries. Those numbers earned him a call up to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and since joining the RedHawks he hasn't missed a beat. In 17 games Springer has already hit seven home runs, driven in 17 runs and is batting .404 with a .507 OBP.
Prior to his call-up, Springer was named MVP of the Texas League All-Star Game, in which he hit two home runs with three RBIs to lead his team to a 6-0 win. He was also recently named to Baseball America's Top 50 midseason list, coming in at No. 20 overall.
While at UConn, Springer was one of the most productive players in program history. He was the 2011 Big East Player of the Year, a near-unanimous First Team All-American, and helped lead the Huskies to the team's first-ever trip to the Super Regionals. He went on to become the highest drafted player in UConn history when he was selected No. 11 overall by Houston, and I think it's safe to say that at this point they're happy with their choice.
Springer will no doubt be in the majors soon, if not this season then definitely by next. He's a dynamic player who has adjusted to professional baseball about as well as anybody could have hoped, and all indications suggest that he has the makings to become a future star, as long as he stays healthy.
If you want to catch today's Futures game, it will be broadcast on MLB.com and SiriusXM Radio in addition to ESPN2, and updates will be posted on @MLBFutures on Twitter.