HOUSTON -- The Astros are thrilled with the kind of numbers 2011 first-round Draft pick George Springer has been putting up this year at Class A Lancaster, but don't expect him to be chasing down fly balls at Double-A Corpus Christi any time soon.
Springer entered Monday ranked eighth in the California League in batting average (.335), tied for third in home runs (nine) and tied for fourth in RBIs (33). He hit .541 with six homers and 11 RBIs in his past 10 games with an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.680 in that span.
When asked whether the club was considering moving Springer up, director of player development Fred Nelson said not yet.
"It might be a little early for that," he said. "I'm sure as we get closer to the Draft we'll consider what we want to do in the second half, really all over the organization. But he's playing well."
Springer's numbers are somewhat better at home (.357 average, six homers, 20 RBIs) than they are on the road (.312 average, three homers, 13 RBIs), but he's played three more games at hitter-friendly Lancaster than he has away from home.
Nelson just got back from spending a few days in Lancaster and had a chance to see Springer firsthand. Springer missed a handful of games after being hit in the hand, but appears to be back to full strength.
"He's swinging the bat every well and looks like he's seeing the ball well," Nelson said. "He's really aggressive, which is part of his offensive makeup. And he continues to play well on defense and runs the bases really well. He's hot as a firecracker right now."