If you’re not a massive baseball fan, or don’t cheer for the Astros or Oklahoma City Redhawks, then you may not be aware that George Springer could join the 40/40 club before the MiLB season is up. That means Springer has a shot at hitting forty homeruns to go along with the 43 bases he’s stolen thus far. As of August 28th, the 23 year-old centerfielder has hit 37 homers in 131 games. Now granted, Springer has just five games left in the regular season to hit three more dingers, but still, even coming close to a 40-40 campaign is ridiculous.
How ridiculous is it? Basically it’s like baseball’s equivalent of spotting a unicorn next time you’re out for a stroll. To date, only four players are members of the 40-40 club in the majors, and they include Jose Cansenco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and most recently Alfonso Soriano. How about the minors you’re asking? Well, locating all the records from old school minor league seasons is tough, but there have been four verified 40 / 40 seasons. The men to do so were apparently Pat Wright, Frank Demaree, Dick Wilson and Len Tucker, the latter of which did it way back in 1956.
So, when you consider there’s been only eight men in MLB and MiLB history to pull off a 40 / 40 campaign, what Springer has done this season is pretty unbelievable. The former University of Connecticut player started the season with the AA Corpus Christi Athletics, before moving to the AAA Oklahoma City Redhawks after 73 games. Springer was drafted by Houston in the first round of the 2011 draft, so if you’re an Astro’s booster, then here’s another reason to hold out hope.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about some of Springer’s other stats, he’s hit .303 this year, has an awesome OBP of .414, and an OPS of 1.024. Those, coupled with the homers and stolen bases, are some serious head turning numbers.
It’s also interesting to note that heading into this year’s campaign, and even through the midway point of the season, MLB.com had Springer ranked as Houston’s third most promising prospect. First baseman Jonathan Singleton was positioned first, followed by shortstop Carlos Correa. This year’s #1 overall pick, righthander Mark Appel, was ranked fourth. So, if all these guys and Springer pan out in the bigs, there will be plenty of reasons to celebrate in Astro’s Nation over the coming years.