The Toronto Blue Jays and outfielder George Springer are close to terms on a six year deal worth roughly $150M.
The New Britain, Connecticut native was first drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 48th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft, however made the right choice to not sign.
Three years later in 2011, he would end up being drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round as the 11th overall pick and make his way to the Major League level by 2014.
Also read: The importance of outfield defense.
Defensively, Springer will man down centerfield for at least the next couple of years. After that, he may be forced to moved to a corner spot as Corné has pointed out in the past.
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George Springer Age 30– 3x All Star (2017, 2018, 2019), 2x Silver Slugger (2017, 2019), WS MVP (2017)
Career Numbers- .270/.361/.491, PA: 3567, BB: 396, SO:785, HR: 174 WAR: 24.5 dWAR: 1.3
Career Nerd stats
Hardhit%: 40.4%, Average Exit Velo: 89.3
Pull%: 40.0, Center%: 36.6%, Oppo%: 23.3%.
Springer has thrived in hard hit rate over the years. In 2019 he had one of the better hard hit rates and expected slash line in the majors. As you can see below, his defense isn’t too shabby as well.
In 2020 he didn’t slow down either, even after the Astros scandal. He still provides solid hard hit rates and good expected slash lines. Springer also provides a much needed RH bat in the outfield and lineup in general, which is a desperate need.
Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer