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Minor League Barometer: Springer Forward and Other Notes

Jesse Siegel

Jesse Siegel

Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

The Astros couldn't keep George Springer down for long. Springer appeared ready for the bigs in 2013, when he slashed .303/.411/.600 with 37 home runs, 108 RBI and 45 steals in 135 games between Double-A and Triple-A. However, in the spring, rumors swirled that Houston would keep Springer at Triple-A as long as possible to maximize arbitration and team control over the hotshot prospect. That didn't last long, though, as Springer got off to a torrid start over the first 13 games for the Oklahoma City Redhawks, hitting .353/.459/.647 with three home runs, nine RBI and four stolen bases. Add in the fact that starter Robbie Grossman hit a putrid .125 to begin the 2014 campaign, and the decision became easier for management. Springer's 40-40 potential should be on display on an everyday basis for the 'Stros, as he wasn't called up to ride the pine.

Next up, some quick hitters in the "Three Strikes" section:

1. Keep tabs on Seattle Mariners neophyte Victor Sanchez. The

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