HOUSTON (CBS Connecticut/AP) – Prized prospect and former UConn standout George Springer says he will join the Houston Astros from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old outfielder from New Britain had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year. He was off to a strong start in Triple-A this season, too, hitting .308 with three homers and eight RBIs.
Springer, an Avon Old Farms graduate, told The Associated Press he received the news after Oklahoma City’s win over Colorado Springs on Tuesday night, when he hit a grand slam.
The Astros hadn’t announced Springer’s promotion or the corresponding move, but the Houston Chronicle reported that outfielder Robbie Grossman will be sent to Triple-A to make roster room for Springer. The newspaper also reported that pitcher Lucas Harrell, who has allowed 14 runs in three starts this season, will be designated for assignment.
“It’s just an indescribable feeling,” Springer told the AP. “I’m speechless right now.”
Springer was selected 11th overall by the Astros out of UConn in the 2011 amateur draft.
Oklahoma City interim manager Tom Lawless called Springer into his office after Tuesday night’s game and told him he’d want to sit down for the news he was about to receive. Springer said he just put his head in his hands because he was so excited and surprised when he found out about his call-up.
Springer was in Colorado Springs, Colo., and wasn’t sure of his exact travel plans. But he said he was told he’d be heading to Houston at some point Wednesday.
“I’m really excited that my hard work has paid off and I’m finally getting to fulfill my dream of playing in the big leagues,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing for the Astros.”
He said his parents were the first people he called after learning the news and they, too, were speechless.
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