George Springer Rising Up Through Astros System

It might be sooner rather than later that former UConn Huskies OF and Houston Astros prospect George Springer reaches the big leagues.

According to Jim Callis of Baseball America via ESPN Insider, Springer could force himself into the Astros lineup some time this season.

Here's what Callis said:

Season totals: .417/.525/.917, 7 HRs, 17 RBIs, 5 SBs in 14 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City; .297/.399/.579, 19 HRs, 55 RBIs, 23 SBs in 73 games at Double-A Corpus Christi.

Update: The Astros planned to keep Springer, their 2011 first-round pick and the best athlete in their system, in Double-A for most or all of 2013. But he forced a promotion to Triple-A two weeks ago and has destroyed Pacific Coast League pitching since, with five homers in his past five games, including multihomer contests on Saturday and Tuesday. His 26 total home runs are just two shy of the minor league lead.

Prognosis: Houston doesn't have to protect Springer on the 40-man roster this offseason, so it might be tempting to leave him in the minors all year. But if he keeps hitting like this, the Astros will have trouble delaying the inevitable, which is Springer replacing Brandon Barnes in center field.

You can watch Springer in action on Sunday in the Futures Game at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

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