After batting second for the first six games of the season,
Springer is hitting .174 with one RBI and 10 strikeouts in 23 at bats.
Springer did his best work as a rookie batting second, posting a .276 average, .395 on-base percentage, .582 slugging percentage, .977 OPS, one triple, four doubles, eight home runs and 23 RBI in 26 games batting second.
“I’m going to go out there and I’m going to play the only way I know how," Springer said of starting in right field. “He obviously is extremely skilled. He’s extremely fast. I understand his range, he understands mine, and I think this spring has been good just because he’s so aggressive. I understand that and I’ m just going to let him run. He’s there when I need him to be and it’s the same way for him.”
Still, in the long run, Springer sees himself as a center fielder.
“I think I consider myself a center fielder playing right field, but I think anybody who has some speed considers that,” Springer said. “I’ve obviously had more repetitions there and kind of more game experience now (this spring). So it’s kind of one of those things where I can kind of also slow myself down more."
Unfortunately, as a rookie in 2014, Springer didn't get to show off his speed on the basepaths. While he was effective when he did steal a base, he had just five on seven attempts.
It appears, however, the Astros want Springer to be more aggressive on the basepaths in 2015, per the Houston Chronicle.
"I think he can run a little bit more than he has in his first year in the big leagues," manager A.J. Hinch said. "I think his history will show that he can steal a few bases and be a good baserunner."
"I like that combo," Hinch said, per MLB.com. "Hitting after Altuve, a lot of times it's an RBI situation, even with him on first base or if he steals second or steals third. We need all of our spots to be very, very productive. The batting order, as fascinated as everybody is about it, it's one time through the order and then it's a little more random than people give credit.
"I think for [Springer] to hit in the first inning right behind Altuve, who does a pretty good job of getting on base, he's a real threat behind him to be put in a really good position. When the lineup rolls around with runners on base and the lineup flipping over, I'll take Altuve and Springer with RBI opportunities."
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|4/19/2015 vs L.A. Angels|
|vs L.A. Angels||6||1||1||.250||.667||.167|
|vs Pomeranz (Career)||0||0||0||0||1.000||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2012||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||22||73||8||16||3||0||2||5||6||25||4||2||.288||.342||.219|
|2013||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||73||273||56||81||20||0||19||55||42||96||23||5||.399||.579||.297|
|2013||AAA-Oklahoma City RedHaw||62||219||50||68||7||4||18||53||41||65||22||3||.425||.626||.311|
|2014||AAA-Oklahoma City RedHaw||13||51||17||18||4||1||3||9||9||15||4||0||.459||.647||.353|
|2014||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||3||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||3||1||2||0||.571||.500||.250|
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