Aug 28, 2013
Official release (MiLB.com)
STORRS, Conn. – Former UConn outfielder George Springer’s outstanding 2013 continues to garner merits, as the Houston Astros prospect was named MVP of the Class-AA Texas League yesterday (Aug. 27) for his time spent earlier this season with the Corpus Christi Hooks.
While with the Hooks, Springer played in 73 games and hit .297, swatting 19 home runs and driving in 55 RBIs to go along with 23 stolen bases. Corpus Christi is currently in first place in the league with an 80-53 record.
Springer was called up to AAA-Oklahoma City in late June, where he has continued to rake. In 58 games with the RedHawks, the New Britain, Conn. native has actually increased his production, batting .312 with 18 long balls and 51 RBIs. Springer has also swiped 20 bases for OKC, and has a 1.087 OPS in 202 at bats.
Across the two levels this season, Springer has posted a remarkable .303/.414./.611 slash line, with 37 home runs, 106 RBIs, 104 runs and 43 stolen bases. He is three home runs shy of becoming the fifth player in minor league history to join the 40-40 club in home runs and stolen bases. He is the first member of the 30-30 club since 2009.
While at UConn from 2009-11, Springer hit .346 with 46 home runs, 196 RBIs and 76 steals in 186 games. He was a 2009 Baseball America Freshman All-America First Team member, and became the first Husky to take home BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors. In 2011, Springer was the league’s Player of the Year, garnering First Team All-America nods from Perfect Game USA, Lousiville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Houston selected Springer with the 11th pick in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, the highest draft pick in the history of Connecticut baseball. He is currently ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Astros’ system.