I'm not going to lie, I was pretty skeptical of George Springer's ability to be a productive big leaguer because of his contact issues. He struck out a ton in the minors and, well, the pitching only gets better as you go up the ladder.
So far this year the young Astros outfielder has proved me very wrong, coming into Monday's game with a .244/.351/.471 (127 OPS+) batting line and 15 homers in only 64 games. The batting average isn't great but you can't argue with that power production.
In the very first inning of Monday's game against the Mariners, Springer hit this mammoth blast off Taijuan Walker, who is making his first MLB start of the season following a shoulder issue. I implore you to turn up your speakers and listen what the pundits call "loud contact:"
Yes, the ball does indeed sound different when it comes off Springer's bat. It sounds like a shotgun going off. As an added bonus, his homers have cool nicknames: Springer Dingers.
Now for some essential statistics:
Distance: 445 feet. Tied for 5th longest home run by an Astro player at Minute Maid Park. Longest ever hit to left field.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) July 1, 2014
@EvanDrellich 110 mph, didn't get a distance— Mike Fast (@fastballs) July 1, 2014
110 mph off the bat, huh? That'll work just fine.