The most tantalizing aspect of fantasy baseball is the cavernous depth of top prospects getting ready to hit the bigs and more importantly, your fantasy baseball roster.
This season has introduced Rafael Montero, Yordano Ventura, a glimpse of Marcus Stroman, Rougned Odor, Luis Sardinas, Jimmy Nelson,Robbie Ray and most hyped of all: Houston Astros outfielder George Springer.
Sure, the list isn’t as studded as it will end up being when Gregory Polanco is called up after June 2, the Cardinals find a permanent spot forOscar Taveras, Taijuan Walker’s arm troubles dissipate, the Cubs finally bring up Javier Baez and/or Kris Bryant, the Rockies call up Eddie Butler and/or Jon Gray and the list goes on…Maikel Franco in Philly, Alex Meyer in Minny, Andrew Heaney in Miami…it’s an endless pit of talent ranging from elite to role filling prospects who could have a multitude of roles on your fantasy roster.
The title didn’t exactly bury the lead, and let’s take a look at George Springer. When Springer was called up on April 16, his %’s owned jumped from the low teens to 100%. He arrived with hype not seen since Yasiel Puig lit the league on fire about 11 months earlier.
Springer was coming off the near 40/40 season across AA Corpus Christi and AAA Oklahoma City, and fans wanted results and they wanted them now! Oh, dear…
In his first 15 games he slashed .180/.254/.213 without a home run and just one stolen base. He was being dropped in most leagues; even some deeper leagues saw the phenom hit the wire so owners could rededicate that roster spot to someone like Polanco or Taveras, who each still had the undeniable upside and weren’t struggling in the Majors. Not being there helps.
But some owners had seen enough from the 24-year old Astros right fielder. George Springer’s % owned is up 25.7 from 74.3. Do the math, he’s again owned in 100% of leagues, and many, many owners are left scratching their heads and then slamming it into the nearest wall along with their tablet/phone/youngest sibling.
With a .322/.419/.689 slash line Springer has vaulted to the number two spot in the Astros batting lineup behind baseball’s hits leader Jose Altuve (73).
Also, a 1.108 OPS in May ranks third in the American League, behind only Victor Martinez (1.145) and Nelson Cruz (1.109). Last season’s Most Valuable Player Miguel Cabrera had a 1.078 OPS – which is astronomical…and wins MVP awards.
During the rebuilding but exciting Houston Astros five game winning streak, Springer has put up ridiculous, electric numbers.
Saturday 5/24: 2/5, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Sunday 5/25: 1/4, HR, 2 RBI
Monday 5/26: 4/4, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 5 R
Tuesday 5/27: 1/4, 0 HR, RBI (he stinks!)
Wednesday 5/28: 1/3. HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 R;
That equates to 9/20 with 10 R, 5 HR, 26 TB, 12 RBI, 4 R and hitting .450 with a .460 OBP. This excludes his 1/3 with a home run on May 21 which happened right before the hip pointer.
That’s SIX home runs in SIX games! Go back a little further to May 17 and the 24-year old has a 10 game hitting streak, 15/37 for a .410 average.
I hope you stuck with him. I’m a big fan of both the Houston Astros and the Minor Leagues, so I better have (and I did)…here’s to those who waited more than two weeks of Major League Baseball adjusting.