Graduated from Avon Old Farms High School in New Britain, Conn. where he also played soccer...drafted by Minnesota in the 48th round following his senior season, but did not sign and went on to attend the University of Connecticut. Played three seasons with the Huskies before being drafted by Houston with the 11th overall selection in the June 2011 draft...became the highest drafted Husky in school history after setting career records for runs scored (220) and home runs (46)...signed by Astros scout John Kosciak. Was named a 2011 First Team All-American by Perfect Game USA, Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA...named a 2011 Second Team All-American by Baseball America...was also a Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award semifinalist in 2011. Hit at least .337 in his three seasons at Connecticut...other career highlights: 2011 All-Big East First Team, 2010 All-Big East Second Team, 2009 Big East Rookie of the Year (first ever Husky to receive the award), 2009 Silver Slugger All-American. Both of his parents attended UConn...his father, George II, played in the 1976 Little League World Series...his mother, Laura, is a former gymnast...George took gymnastics lessons when he was 18 months old up until he was 12 and can still do a back flip. IN THE COMMUNITY: Was named the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) spokesperson in September of 2014 by the non-profit organization...Springer is one of 70 million people with a stutter, including approximately one in every 100 adults. Added to the Astros 40-man roster on April 16, 2014...is signed to a one-year contract that runs through the 2015 season.
Made his Major League debut after being selected to the Astros from Triple A Oklahoma City on April 15...made 78 starts (70 in RF, 7 in CF and 1 as DH)...entered the season as one of the top prospects in the game...rated as a top-25 overall prospect by Baseball America (No. 18), ESPN.com (No. 19), Baseball Prospectus (No. 20) and MLB.com (No. 21)...was named AL Rookie of the Month for May...became just the fifth Astros player ever to win a Rookie of the Month Award, joining Hunter Pence, Kirk Saarloos, Roy Oswalt and Collin McHugh, who also won the award this season...in May hit .294 (30x102) with four doubles, one triple, 10 homers, 25 RBI and a 1.032 OPS (.385 OBP/.647 SLG)...led all ML rookies in homers, RBI and OPS during the month, while ranking fifth in batting average and second in hits...set franchise rookie records for home runs (19) and RBI (50) prior to the All-Star Break...ranked in the top 10 among ML rookies with a minimum of 290 at-bats in home runs (2nd), RBI (3rd), slugging (3rd), walks (5th) and OBP (4th)...in his 59 games since hitting his first career homer on May 8, was ranked second in the Majors in home runs (20) through July 19, trailing only Edwin Encarnacion (22)...finished just one homer shy of Lance Berkman's Astros rookie record for homers in a single season (21 in 2000)... hit 15 of his 20 home runs this season on the road, while posting a .257 (38x148) average with 31 RBI away from Minute Maid Park...began the season with Triple A Oklahoma City after being reassigned to minor league camp in Spring Training on March 20...selected to the Major League roster on April 16...played in 78 games with the Astros before being placed on the 15-day Disabled List because of a left quad strain...remained on the DL, missing 64 games, through the end of the season...played in three games with Class A Quad Cities on rehab assignment from Aug. 4-6...recorded a hit, a walk and a run scored in his Major League debut on April 16 vs. KC...became just the sixth Astro to put up a line like that in a Major League debut, and the first since James Mouton (April 4, 1994)...collected a hit in each of his first five games (April 16-20) to start his career...the last Astros player to record hits in each of his first five MLB games was Jose Altuve, who hit in seven straight games to start his career in 2011...recorded three walks on May 13 vs. TEX...the last Astros rookie with three walks in a game was Luke Scott on Aug. 4, 2006, at ARI...went 2x5 with two home runs and five RBI in what was his 33rd career game on May 24 at SEA...marked single game career-highs in both home runs and RBI...his five runs tied a franchise record, last acheived by Cody Ransom on Sept. 20, 2007...marked the first multi-homer game by an Astros rookie since Hunter Pence hit two on Aug. 31, 2007, at CHC...the last Astro to record a multi-homer game within his first 33 games was Lance Berkman in 1999 (game 10)...went 4x4 with five runs scored, three RBI, two doubles, a home run and a walk on May 26 at KC, becoming the first player in franchise history to reach all of those marks in a single game...became the first rookie in franchise history to homer in four straight games (five total homers May 21-26)...hit seven homers over a seven-game span from May 21-29, joining Rudy York (with Detroit from Aug. 22-27, 1937) as the only rookies in MLB history ever to hit seven homers over a seven-game stretch (Elias)...hit a two-run homer in the 1st inning on June 30 vs. SEA, a 445-foot shot to left field...tied for the fifth longest ever hit by an Astros player at Minute Maid Park and the longest hit to left field...on June 24 vs. ATL, hit a 441-foot home run, which was tied for the eighth longest homer ever hit by an Astros player at MMP...played in 13 games at Triple A this season, hitting .353 (18x51) with four doubles, a triple, three homers, nine RBI, four stolen bases and a 1.106 OPS (.459 OBP/.647 SLG)...posted multi-hit games in five of his last eight games... hit .250 (1x4) with a double and three walks in three games on an injury rehab assignment with Class A Quad Cities...homered in each of his last two contests with OKC, including a grand slam on April 15 in a RedHawks 11-9 win at Colorado Springs.
Had one of the greatest seasons in minor league history after becoming the first minor leaguer to hit 30+ homers while recording 30+ steals since Oakland's Grant Desme in 2009...became the first Astros minor leaguer ever to reach the 30/30 plateau...named Minor League Baseball's 2013 Offensive Player of the Year and the Astros Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .303 (149x492) with 27 doubles, four triples, 37 homers, 108 RBI, 45 stolen bases and a 1.010 OPS (.411 OBP/.600 SLG) combined between Triple A Oklahoma City (62g) and Double A Corpus Christi (73g)...was one of just nine position players named to Baseball America's Minor League All-Star Team...named to MLB.com's All-Prospect Team...finished among the top 10 players in all of the minors in homers (T-2nd), total bases (295, 3rd), OPS (3rd), RBI (4th), slugging percentage (5th), runs (T-5th) and extra-base hits (68, T-6th)...received Texas League Player of the Year honors and was a Midseason and Postseason All-Star after hitting .297 with 19 homers and 23 steals in 73 first-half games with the Double A Corpus Christi Hooks...received the award despite getting a promotion to Triple A at the start of the second half of the season...named the Texas League Player of the Week for the week of May 27-June 3...received the Hooks April Player of the Month Award...at the time of his promotion to Oklahoma City on June 27, was leading the Texas League in runs (56), extra-base hits (39), and slugging (.579) while ranking tied for first in homers...after arriving at Triple A, led the Pacific Coast League in runs (49), extra-base hits (29), total bases (136), homers (18), RBI (53), slugging percentage (.626) and OPS (1.050)...received PCL Player of the Week honors for the week of July 8-15...named Oklahoma City's Player of the Month for July.