June 28, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Former University of Connecticut baseball All-American George Springer, now a member of the Houston Astros organization, has been named to the United States team for the 15th Annual All-Star Futures Game, which will be held on Sunday, July 14 at CitiField.
The game matches the top minor league prospects in the game from the United States and the rest of the World and will start at 2:00 p.m. as part of the All-Star game weekend. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and MLB.com and heard on XM Radio.
Springer, a center fielder, started the 2013 season with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks and was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City this past week.
He was the Texas League's leading run producer over the season's first half, ranking among the league leaders in batting average (.297, sixth), homers (19, tied for first), RBIs (55, tied for second), stolen bases (23, tied for second), hits (81, tied for fourth), doubles (20, fifth) and runs scored (56, first) at the time of his promotion.
In three minor league seasons across three levels, Springer has compiled a .296/.385/.539 slash line with 44 home runs, 145 RBIs and 59 stolen bases in 209 games.
Springer was named the MVP of the Texas League All-Star game this past Tuesday with two homers and three RBI in a 6-0 South win.
Springer was the 2011 BIG EAST Player of the Year for the Huskies and led UConn to its first-ever NCAA Super Regional trip. He was a 2009 Freshman All-American and as a senior was a near unanimous first team pick. He was the 11th pick of the 2011 MLB Draft – the highest by any UConn player in history.
Former UConn baseball standout John Andreoli, a left fielder with the Chicago Cubs organization, has been promoted from Class-A Dayton of the Florida State League the Class-AA Tennessee Smokies of the Southern League.
Andreoli batted .318 for Dayton in 68 games this season with 11 doubles and 25 RBI. He is in his third minor league season after being selected by the Cubs in 17th round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He was a Florida State League All-Star pick following the 2012 season.
Andreoli was a second team All-BIG EAST pick his season and was named to the NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament team. He had a career batting average of .340 with 80 RBI.