Call-up Springer already top-20 outfielder
April, 16, 2014
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
There's big news in the fantasy baseball world today, as the Houston Astros made the surprising but welcoming decision to promote intriguing outfield prospect George Springer to the major leagues for Wednesday's game. Springer was ESPN Fantasy's No. 7 prospect for 2014 production prior to the season. Perhaps as soon as Wednesday, Springer will deliver numbers we can use, and this is certainly meaningful news in all fantasy formats.
I ranked Springer as my No. 5 prospect for this season, but had I suspected that he would be in the big leagues this soon, he might have been first, to be honest, ahead of even Chicago White Sox slugging first baseman Jose Abreu, polished New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, special Boston Red Sox shortstop/third baseman Xander Bogaerts and certainly overrated runner Billy Hamilton, who can't seem to hit big league pitching consistently. Yeah, I think Springer will be that good, a fantastic amalgamation of power and speed, more impactful in fantasy than all other rookies because he brings instant offense across all categories.
AP Photo/Jeff RobersonGeorge Springer definitely has home run pop, but he also has blazing speed, stealing a combined 45 bases between Double- and Triple-A in 2013.