HOUSTON -- Those hoping to see outfield prospect George Springer in an Astros uniform at some point this month might want to temper the enthusiasm. Astros manager Bo Porter maintained Saturday that Springer's future would be discussed down the road.
Springer, ranked by MLB.com as the club's No. 3 prospect, hit his 30th home run of the season Friday night, helping Triple-A Oklahoma City to its 13th win in its last 14 games. He's the first player in the Minor Leagues to reach 30 homers and at least 30 stolen bases since Grant Desme for the Oakland system in 2009. Springer has 11 homers with Oklahoma City after hitting 19 at Double-A Corpus Christi, and he has 38 stolen bases -- 15 with Oklahoma City and 23 at Corpus Christi.
"It's a huge accomplishment, no matter what level of baseball you're talking about," Porter said. "George has put together a pretty good year."
Porter gave no indications when Springer might arrive in Houston, if even at all this year. At this point, it wouldn't be surprising to see him finish the season in Oklahoma City, including the playoffs.
"When he gets here, I don't think it would be hard writing his name in the lineup," Porter said. "Obviously, the skill sets and the type of season he put together in the Minor Leagues, it would be something that was exciting for the city of Houston and the ballclub at the same time."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. Chris Abshire is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less