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September 11, 2013

Hot Prospect Video

George Springer

by Jason Cole

The only disappointing thing about George Springer’s on-field production in 2013 was that he didn’t become the first player in the modern-era minor leagues to reach the 40 home run, 40 stolen base mark. The 23-year-old outfielder did make some history regardless, as he became the first member of the minor-league 30/30 club since former A’s prospect Grant Desme joined it in a 2009 season split between Low- and High-A.

Springer’s 2013 campaign is a sight to behold statistically: he posted a .303/.411/.600 slash line in 135 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City, socking 27 doubles, four triples, and 37 home runs. He also added 45 stolen bases in 53 attempts. Even more impressively, the UConn product’s all-around numbers improved after his midseason promotion to Triple-A, where he hit 18 round-trippers in 62 contests while improving both his walk and strikeout rates.

That strikeout rate has been a talking point among scouts for much of this season. Despite Springer’s gaudy numbers in 73 Double-A games, he whiffed 96 times––a 29.7 percent clip. To his credit, he cut his strikeout rate to 24.4 percent in the Pacific Coast League while posting an outstanding 15.4 percent walk rate.

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