Born: Sep 19, 1989
A native of New Britain, CT, outfielder George Chelston Springer was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2011 amateur draft out of the University of Connecticut by the Houston Astros under general manager Ed Wade.
A high-energy player with an explosive bat, the five-tool outfielder rose quickly through the Astros' minor league system (and the various national prospect rankings) over the next two seasons, and was promoted to the major league club where he debuted April 16, 2014.
He hit 20 homers and had an .804 OPS in his rookie campaign, which was cut short at ten weeks when, on July 19, he suffered a right quad injury and was out for the season. Springer returned for 2015 but had seemingly cooled off a bit. This time, his right wrist was broken by an Edinson Volquez pitch on July 1 and he was on the DL until September 4, just in time for the first-place Astros' stretch run.
George has emerged as a leader on the field and a ringleader off, organizing the "Club Astros" team celebrations after Houston victories, featuring disco lights and smoke generators in the clubhouse, both at home and on the road.