MLB.com's Brian McTaggart managed to catch up to new Astros outfield prospect George Springer yesterday night after Connecticut's regional win over Clemson to advance to Super Regionals. Springer was blown away to be picked and mentioned that his advisors and Houston had talked often leading up to the draft:
"I really don't have any words I can put how happy I was at the time [he was drafted]," he said. "It's something as a player and as a kid you always dream of. My friend, Matt Barnes, told me in the fifth inning, and I was blown away."
"My advisors had been going back and forth with them since this process started, and it became a reality today," Springer said.
The Astros will keep Springer in center field to begin with, and given his college statistics (46 homers, 76 steals, never slugging below .600 even with the new bats) it seems likely that he'll start out in Lancaster to start out his big league career. When he signs, that is. The Astros could also play it conservative and assign him to low A Lexington with most of the rest of their prospects.