The George Springer Watch is on!
Now that the Oklahoma City Redhawks are out of the playoffs, there are no longer any obstacles to Springer’s major league debut with the Astros. Right? RIGHT?
Most true baseball aficionados have agreed with Jeff Luhnow in allowing Springer to fully incubate in OKC after starting the season in Corpus Christi. After all, the Astros’ first-round choice in 2011 has only two full seasons in the minors under his belt.
But now that the Astros’ season is history and Springer is cleaning out his OKC locker, can the debut be far away?
The Astros’ 40-man roster is full, so someone would have to go before Houston could add Springer or anyone else.
So, here are some questions for you as The Springer Watch grows and likely draws more attention over the next few days.
- Should the Astros put him in the lineup the rest of the season and let him play everyday?
- Where should he bat in the lineup?
- In fact, write the top four or five in the lineup with Springer on your card.
- What are your expectations as far as production?
- What position should he play? Right? Center? DH?
- Is there any reason to just let him go home and “save” him for spring training.
Most of the original candidates for September call-up — players like Jarred Cosart, Bret Oberholtzer, Brad Peacock, Jonathan Viller et al — are already in Houston, but there are a couple of other possibilities:
- Jonathan Singleton hit .350 over his last 10 games, showing signs of kicking out of his season funk.
- Asher Wojciechowski has pitched 160 innings between Corpus Christi and OKC, so it’s a good guess his season is done.
- Jimmy Paredes is already on the 40-man, so he could be called for late-game speed.
Anyone else you might like to see?