2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: George Springer
Colby Conway takes a closer look at the Astros outfielder so fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
After posting numerous 20/20 seasons in the minor leagues, the power and speed combo hasn’t quite played for George Springer and his fantasy owners since joining the Astros back in 2014. That year, he posted a career-high with 16 stolen bases, but over the past three years, he has just 20 stolen bases, not to mention being caught a whopping 21 times in that span. Hence the reason he’s probably not running as much, because he hasn’t been successful when the team is giving him the green light. Additionally, running opportunities should be limited when guys like José Altuve and Carlos Correa are hitting behind him.
For hitting atop the Houston order, Springer offers plus power, hitting 22 or more in each of the past three seasons, including 29 in 2016 and a career high 34 in 2017. Again, the success on the base paths isn’t quite there, but he’s not a complete no-show in that department either. Despite getting caught stealing at a rather high clip over the past few seasons, he’s...