George Springer, Right Field, Houston Astros, #4
Date of Birth: 9/19/1989
Birthplace: New Britain, Connecticut
College: University of Connecticut
Current Salary: $3,900,000
George Springer, right fielder for the Houston Astros, was first drafted by the Minnesota Twins but he opted for college instead. He then played at the University of Connecticut and he won the Big East Player of the Year award in 2011. That year, he was drafted by the Astros.
Springer played in the minor leagues from 2011 through the beginning of the 2014 season. He finished his minor league career with 325 hits, 55 doubles, 65 home runs, 207 RBIs, 85 stolen bases, and a .302 batting average in 284 games.
In 2014, Springer joined the Astros for 78 games. He finished the season with 68 hits, 20 home runs, 51 RBIs, 114 strikeouts to 39 walks, and a .231 batting average. As a right fielder, he made 139 putouts and 7 errors in 71 games.
Springer spent time on the DL in 2015 after suffering a concussion on May 6th. He finished the season with 107 hits, 19 doubles, 16 home runs, 16 stolen bases, 41 RBIs, and a .276 batting average in 102 games. As a right fielder in 93 games, he made 162 putouts and 3 errors. In the postseason, he batted .217 with 5 hits, including 2 doubles and a home run, and 3 RBIs in 23 at-bats in 6 games.
In 2016, Springer batted .261 with 168 hits, 29 doubles, 29 home runs, and 82 RBIs in 162 games with the Astros. Defensively, as the Astros' right fielder in 147 games, he made 304 putouts and 2 errors.
Career batting statistics for Springer through 2016 include:
- 342 games played
- 343 hits
- 174 RBIs
- 401 strikeouts to 177 walks
- .258 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Springer as a right fielder through 2016 include:
- 311 games played
- 605 putouts
- 12 errors
- .981 fielding percentage