Chris Mascaro
Wednesday April 16th, 2014

George Springer (Mark Cunningham/Getty Images) George Springer was the Astros' Minor League Player of the Year last season. (Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Astros are coming off three straight 100-loss seasons and have started this year 5-9.

But a ray of hope will be arriving soon in the form of prized prospect George Springer. The 24-year-old from New Britain, Ct., will be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday before Houston plays host to the Royals, he told the Associated Press.

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The outfielder, who is the Astros' No. 3 prospect and No. 21 in all of baseball according to, had 37 homers, 108 RBIs and 45 steals last year between Double-A and Triple-A, and he was hitting .353 with three homers and nine RBIs in 13 games with Oklahoma City this season, including a grand slam Tuesday night.

"It's just an indescribable feeling. I'm speechless right now," said Springer, who was the 11th overall selection by the Astros out of UConn in the 2011 draft. "I'm really excited that my hard work has paid off and I'm finally getting to fulfill my dream of playing in the big leagues. I'm looking forward to playing for the Astros."

Springer, a natural center fielder, will likely play left field with Dexter Fowler manning center. As a result, Robbie Grossman, who is hitting .125 in 48 at-bats this season, will likely be sent down.

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