Oct. 24, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -- Former UConn outfielder George Springer (2009-11) has added yet another accolade to his historic 2013 minor leage campaign, taking home the MiLBY Award for Offensive Player of the Year. Minor League Baseball announced the honor today (Oct. 24). Springer’s award comes after hitting .303 with 37 home runs, 108 RBIs and 45 stolen bases across the highest two minor league levels of the Houston Astros organization.
Per minor league baseball, “MiLBYs are the end-of-season awards that honor the best players, teams and performances of the Minor League season.” Springer was honored as the MiLB.com staff choice for Offensive Player of the Year, while Tigers prospect Devin Travis won the fan’s choice.
Springer started off his 2013 campaign with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League. In 73 games with the Hooks, Springer hit .297 with 19 long balls, 55 RBIs and 23 stolen bases, posting a .978 OPS. Despite playing only half the year there, he was named Texas League MVP on Aug. 27.
The center fielder made the move to Triple-A and the Oklahoma City RedHawks for the remainder of the year, playing in 62 games for OKC and continuing to rake. Springer hit .311 at the higher level, with 18 home runs, 53 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. He got on base at a sky-high .425 clip, and slugged .626 to total an impressive 1.050 OPS. If he played in enough games to qualify, Springer would have led the league in OPS and finished second in both on base percentage and slugging. His 18 home runs still placed him 11th in the league, as did his 22 stolen bases.
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, Louisville 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.