Minor League notes: George Springer’s four-homer night, and a milestone win for Double-A manager Keith Bodie.
When the Astros selected George Springer as their first-round pick last year, the outfielder was lauded as the best athlete available in the Draft.
It takes time, however, to determine if that raw athleticism will translate into the ability to play baseball at a high level. If early returns on Springer’s start to the 2012 season are any indication, the Class A Lancaster outfielder could be on his way to big things in the future.
Springer’s four consecutive homers may not be quite up to par with Josh Hamilton’s recent Major League record-setting night, but Springer’s display was nonetheless impressive. He homered in his final at-bat in Game 1 of a doubleheader with Lake Elsinore Friday and went deep in his first three plate appearances in the second game.
For the year, Springer is hitting .310 over 35 games with six doubles, four triples, eight homers and 32 RBIs. He is also 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts.
Elsewhere in the Astros’ farm system, Double-A Corpus Christi manager Keith Bodie earned his 1,000th career managerial win after the Hooks topped Frisco, 4-2, Friday night.
And two final notes from the big leagues: According to Elias, the Astros’ win over the Pirates on Friday was only the fifth 1-0 game since 1991 in which the only run scored on a GIDP. Amazingly, the Astros were the winning team in three of those five games. The Astros beat the Rangers on June 27, 2004 with the only run scoring on a Morgan Ensberg GIDP and they beat the Brewers on September 19, 2004 with the only run scoring on a Roger Clemens GIDP.
Also, four Astros pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout while striking out 11 batters and not issuing a walk. It was only the fifth game since 1900 in which a team used at least four pitchers in a game in which it allowed no runs on four or fewer hits with at least 11 strikeouts and no walks. All five of those games have occurred since 1998.