All Things Astros and a whole lot more
Against the Yankees. In Minute Maid Park. April 1.
It doesn’t seem likely the Astros will be chasing a pennant or even the playoffs in 2014. But if one of their players is in the Rookie of the Year chase, fans would pay attention. In April and in September.
The Astros haven’t had a legitimate ROY candidate in quite some time, but they’ve “stolen” more opportunities in recent years from potential candidates. Here are a few:
There are some other mid-season call ups who may have had a chance in a full season. In fact, the Astros have had countless rookies over the past few seasons, most of whom wouldn’t warrant any consideration as a ROY prospect.
Springer, on the other hand, will have all types of pressure and expectations, if only because he’s ranked high on every prospect list and because he hit the lights out of the baseball at Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City in 2013.
But, as the organization continues it reformation project and Houston fans continue to be patient — okay, some fans continue to be patient — getting the 24-year-old (yes, 24!) on the field Day 1 of 2014 could be a huge PR bonus for the Astros.
Tell me, what else can he improve at AAA? Of course, he could learn to cut down on Ks or continue to hone his plate skills or learn how to read the ball off the bat from center field even better. Yet, most of the those things, he can learn with a major league hitting instructor while playing against major league pitching.
Where would he hit? That would depend on how well he plays in spring training. Third in the order shouldn’t surprise anyone. If the Astros want to take the slow path, hit him sixth. Just hit him!
Is there anyone among us — anyone in Houston for that matter — who can make any sort of case to leave Springer in OKC for even one more day?
One last thought: If the Astros play their cards right and plan promotions accordingly, Houston could have rookie of the year candidates for the next several years. Think about it: