George Springer showed Saturday the offensive skill set that has Astros nation so excited for the future.
The prized prospect's average had fluttered beneath the .200 mark for most of the spring, but against the Rangers at the Alamodome, Springer finished 3-3 at the plate with a home run, three runs, a home run, two RBI, a stolen base, and two walks. The Saturday performance was more in line with his end results from a year ago, when he won Minor League Baseball's Player of the Year with 37 home runs and 45 stolen bases.
"It was good," Springer said afterwards. "It was a good team victory today. A lot guys did well. It's a good sign of things to come.
"The keys to those at-bats are the guys who were on base before me. (Marwin) Gonzalez and (Jesus) Guzman have two great at-bats and it gives me a chance to hit. Like I said, it was a good team display today."
So obviously, the 24-year-old is fairly modest about describing his own play. His manager for the day, Dave Trembley, knows Saturday was a taste of what's in store for the Astros.
"I thought George probably had two of his best at-bats all spring when he walked and hit the ball to the other side of the field," Trembley said. "He wasn't chasing a lot of bad pitches. He's going to be a good player, I don't think there's any question about that, probably even better than a good player. He has a chance to be a special player.
"I thought the best thing of today was the way our young players played," Trembley added. "I think it gives people that follow the Houston Astros a glimpse of what the future's going to be all about."