The Game: University of Louisville at University of Connecticut – May 13, 2011
The Player: George Springer (OF, Connecticut) – Springer has been on the radar for a while after some massive performances in the Cape Cod League and with Team USA. He is the best position player prospect in the northeast. Following the weekend’s games, Springer has a .379/.480/.685 line through 55 games. His line includes 22 doubles, 2 triples, 12 home runs, 72 RBI, and 29 steals in 36 attempts.
Body: Very, very physical, broad shoulders, thick/barrel chest, very lean and muscular frame, plus-plus athlete.
Makeup: Extremely aggressive player, football mentality, goes hard in every phase of the game, shows good confidence without being cocky.
Hit: Swings from heels at all times, consistent contact is an issue, can get beaten on inner half w/ good stuff, doesn’t recognize pitches well, significant improvement will require revamped approach to hitting. Grade – 30/40
Power: Plus-plus raw strength w/ easy pull power, has strength to go to opposite field, but tries to yank many pitches, will sell out for power at times, has natural loft/lift in swing, ball explodes off bat with excellent carry. Grade (raw power) – 60/65
Arm: Plus raw arm strength with quick release, good carry, accuracy needs improvement but should come with repetition/instruction. Grade – 60/60
Fielding: Jumps are late at times, routes not always direct, has shown better reads/routes at times, plenty of speed for center field, may profile better in right field w/ routes and arm. Grade – 45/55
Speed: Excellent top end speed, gets out of box quickly, showed 4.18-4.28 home-to-first times, long strides, gliding runner, plays well on bases and in field, base running instincts show solid. Grade – 60/60
Summation: Enticing power-speed combination could lead to 20-20 type player, major reservations about ultimate hitting ability and actualization of offensive upside, athletic enough to be above-average to plus defender in CF but has arm for RF. Potential everyday player that hits 5th or 6th, high risk player.
Draft Prognosis: If a team buys into the raw tools and the ability to realize them, they could project a potential star and a mid- to high-first rounder. More teams are starting to question his offensive ceiling because of his lack of natural hitting ability. Will go mid-first round on tools alone, but actual value may be more in line with late-first round.