By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 24, 2011
My scouting history on George Springer goes back to a time when nobody knew his name, much less thought he was a first rounder. In the summer of 2009, I was working an early BP at Wareham. Springer was in the same group with Indiana’s Alex Dickerson and Michigan’s Ryan LaMarre. Dickerson will go good this year and LaMarre is already in his first big league camp with the Reds. My lasting impression of the then quiet freshman was his fast hands, that on his last BP swing, he took an up-and-in fastball and tomahawked it into the football bleachers at Wareham. I was sold. That’s how this works. Some people – well, most people – wait for numbers and performance and for a player’s name to surface on a watch list – which only gets there if numbers are there. I say that if you work hard, you will know the players before anyone else. Most people in and around baseball don’t work this way. I do.
George Springer, CF
Bats: R, Throws: R
Games Seen 2, Innings 18 (Also seen in 2009 and 2010)
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Wiry and strong, loose and physically projectable. Narrow and athletic features. Live body.
ABILITIES: Money tools of speed and power. Plus bat speed in aggressive sweeping uppercut geared pull for contact and power out of narrow, straight stance with quick load, distribution and foot trigger. Short path to ball, wants extension and lift. Good first step out of box, smooth runner. Flashes acrobatic defense in CF. Enough arm for CF.
WEAKNESSES: Long stroke will make him a streaky hitter, but flashes ability to recognize, shorten swing and adjust to off-speed.
SUMMARY: Everyday ML CF who can hit in middle of the order and doesn’t have a glaring tool weakness. Might be a feast or famine type hitter, but bat speed, athleticism and power will be equalizers. Will have enough defense to contribute each inning.
Grades: Hit 4/5, P 5/6, R 6/6, A 4/4, F 5/6 = OFP range 54-56