One thing fantasy baseball owners have to be on top of are the top prospects around baseball. If you aren’t one to draft and stash a can’t miss young guy like the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gregory Polanco, you have to be very aggressive on the waiver wire if you feel certain youngsters can make or break your team.
The first “can’t miss” player to get a chance at the MLB level is Houston Astros’ outfielder George Springer.
It was reported late Tuesday night that Springer would be called up to the Astros Wednesday after spending the last few games learning how to play right field in Triple-A.
He is a must add in pretty much any format based on his potential alone but don’t be surprised if there are some growing pains his rookie year due to his high strikeout rate.
That alone makes relying on prospects a difficult proposition as more often than not their first go around in the majors can be as hurtful to your fantasy team as it can be helpful.
However in this case I recommend making a move to add Springer. There’s simply too much to like.
The 24-year-old outfielder 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 also, hitting .308 with three homers and eight RBIs.
If his talents translate to the majors, Springer could become an immediate game changer.
Do yourself a favor and grab Springer right now, especially if you already have a nice deep team where you can afford to be patient with his likely ups and downs he is likely to experience.
Springer should be in the Astros lineup on Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals.
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.