George Springer Debuts as Hooks Fall
The revolving door in Corpus Christi is still spinning, having players going back and forth from Oklahoma City, and some going as far as Houston. Most recently, the Hooks’s MVP Jose Martinez was called up after last night’s loss to the Arkansas Travelers, and it also featured the first sighting of George Springer in a Hooks uniform at Whataburger Field, he had originally played with UConn in the Kleberg Bank College Classic held at Whataburger Field. In his Double A debut, Houston Astros 2011 first round draft choice, George Springer made his debut in the bottom of the 8th inning as a pinch hitter to the walk-up music of Youth of the Nation by P.O.D.
The heavy strumming of the guitar ringing from the PA speakers almost seemed to signal that a new reckoning was coming for the Travelers, as Springer stepped to the plate when his named was announced, it seemed as if the remaining Hooks fans had no idea who the young pinch hitter was. And just as quickly as he debuted, Springer popped out to second base on only his second pitch of his first and only at-bat.
Springer was slated to start in center field, but did not arrive at Whataburger Field until 6:30 p.m, about half an hour before first pitch. Hooks manager Keith Bodie decided to initially keep Springer, ranked the Astros’ No. 3 prospect by Baseball America, out of the lineup.
Springer started the year off in Lancaster, the High-A affiliate of the Astros, he hit .316 with 22 home runs and 82 RBIs with 28 stolen bases for the JetHawks. He ranked eighth in the California League in average, tied for third in homers and fourth in RBIs. Springer’s 241 total bases led the Cal League, as did his 101 runs scored while his 10 triples placed him second overall.
Springer will be playing in the outfield regularly, specifically in center field and/or right field
Hooks manager spoke about Springer’s arrival and future tenure with Corpus Christi “He and (Robbie) Grossman are the two priority guys and they’re going to play every day,” Bodie said. “They’re going to alternate in center field”
“It’s a little bit different time of the year and the ball is going to travel differently,” Springer said. “I remember the wind does blow out slightly to left, but it can change. I’m getting acclimated now to go out and play every day.”
Here are some various photos from the game: