Graduated from Avon Old Farms High School in New Britain, Conn., where he also played soccer...drafted by Minnesota in the 48th round following his senior season, but did not sign and went on to attend the University of Connecticut. Played three seasons at UConn before being drafted by Houston with the 11th overall selection in the June 2011 draft...became the highest-drafted player in school history... signed by Astros scout John Kosciak. In 2011, was named a First Team All-American by Perfect Game USA, Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA, and was a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award. In 2009, became the first player in UConn school history to be named the Big East Rookie of the Year. Both of his parents attended UConn...his father, George II, played in the 1976 Little League World Series...his mother, Laura, is a former gymnast...George took gymnastics lessons starting at 18 months old until he was 12 and can still do a back flip. Was a 2016 AL Rawlings Gold Glove Award Finalist...was also one of five AL Final Vote candidates for the 2016 All-Star Game... named the 2014 AL Rookie of the Month for May. Was named the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) spokesperson in September 2014 by the non-profit organization...he has hosted the annual All-Star Bowling Event, which benefits SAY, since its inception in 2015...at the event, Springer, Astros coaches, Astros players and other professional athletes help to raise money for children and their families to attend Camp SAY, a summer camp for young people who stutter. Added to the Astros 40-man roster on April 16, 2014...was eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career this offseason.
Was a finalist for an AL Rawlings Gold Glove Award, and was one of five AL Final Vote candidates for the All-Star Game...played in all of Houston's 162 games, becoming the seventh player in club history to play all 162 games of a season, joining Carlos Lee (2007), Craig Biggio (1996-97, 1992), Jeff Bagwell (1999, 1996-97, 1992), Steve Finley (1992), Bill Doran (1987) and Enos Cabell (1978)...was tied for the AL lead in games played with Alcides Escobar and Jonathan Schoop...led the Majors in plate appearances (744), which ranked tied for second all-time in club history for a single season with Craig Biggio's 1997 season, behind only Biggio's 1999 season (749)...hit eight leadoff home runs, which tied a single-season franchise record set by Craig Biggio in 2001... became one of seven players in AL history to record at least eight leadoff homers in a season, joining Ian Kinsler (2016), Alfonso Soriano (2002-03), Jacque Jones (2002), Chuck Knoblauch (1999), Brady Anderson (1996) and Rickey Henderson (1986, 1993)...set career highs in nearly every offensive category, including games (162), atbats (644), hits (168), doubles (29), triples (five), homers (29), RBI (82) and walks (88)...ranked tied for sixth in the Majors and fifth in the AL in runs scored (116)...marked the most runs by an Astros player since Jeff Bagwell (126) and Craig Biggio (118) surpassed 116 in 2001...hit 28 of his 29 homers as an outfielder, the most by an Astros player since Carlos Lee hit 31 in 2007...became the second outfielder in club history with a 29-homer, 116-run season, joining Richard Hidalgo (44 homers, 118 runs in 2000)...ranked tied for fourth in the AL in walks (88)... marked the most walks by an Astros player since Lance Berkman walked 97 times in 2009...made 147 starts in right field and one in center field...among AL outfielders, ranked second in walks, tied for third in runs, tied for fifth in homers, sixth in OBP, seventh in OPS, eighth in RBI, eighth in hits and ninth in slugging...ranked tied for fifth among AL outfielders in assists (12), which was good for third among AL right fielders...marked the most assists by an Astros right fielder since Hunter Pence had 16 in 2009...ranked second among AL right fielders in fielding percentage with a .994 mark (2E/318TC)...became the second right fielder in club history to make two errors or less on over 300 total chances, joining Hunter Pence, who made one error on 357 total chances in 2008 (.997 fielding percentage)...became the first player in franchise history to hit three grand slams in a single season...per the Elias Sports Bureau, became the second player in Major League history to hit a grand slam as a visitor at both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium (new or old) in the same season, joining Al Rosen (1951)... ranked tied for second in the Majors in games with at least four RBI (five), behind only Kendrys Morales (six)... finished second to Toronto's Michael Saunders in the AL Final Vote balloting...led all 10 AL and NL players in text voting, while finishing second in Twitter voting...made his second consecutive Opening Day roster and start...hit his first career grand slam on April 7 at NYY...was the first grand slam in the Majors in 2016...homered in three straight games from April 16-19...hit the 1,500th home run in Minute Maid Park history on May 11 vs. CLE...also became the first Astros player since Lance Berkman (May 2, 2010) to homer once and walk four times in a single game...recorded four RBI in consecutive games from May 13-14, becoming the first Astros player to do so since Carlos Lee from Sept. 22-23, 2011...hit a two-run homer on May 13 at BOS off his former college teammate at UConn, Matt Barnes...recorded the four RBI on May 14 at BOS with a grand slam, his second of the season...posted his third-career multi-homer game on May 26 vs. BAL...hit his first career walkoff homer on June 1 vs. ARI in the 11th inning...became the second-quickest player in club history to reach 50 career home runs, reaching the mark in his 241st career game on June 8 at TEX...the only player in club history to reach 50 career homers in a fewer amount of games was Lance Berkman (231 games from 1999-2001)...went 3x5 with a triple, a walk, two runs scored and a grand slam, tying his career high with five RBI on June 24 at KC...tripled to lead off the game, then hit a grand slam later in the 1st inning...per Elias, became the first leadoff hitter to hit a grand slam in the 1st inning of a game since the Seattle's Danny Tartabull on April 15, 1986 at CAL...also became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to hit a triple and a grand slam in the 1st inning of a game...only one other player in the divisional era (1969 to date) had a triple and grand slam in any inning and that was Brandon Inge (April 23, 2004 vs. CLE, 6th inning)...recorded three RBI in both games of a doubleheader vs. MIN on Aug. 11...became the third player in club history to record three RBI out of the leadoff spot in the lineup in consecutive games, joining Joe Morgan (three games in 1965) and Jimmy Wynn (1966)...in Game 2 of the doubleheader, became the third player in club history to record three RBI and three extra-base hits out of the leadoff spot, joining Craig Biggio (five times, last, 2004) and Joe Morgan (two times, last, 1967)...recorded a hit in seven straight at-bats from Sept. 24-26...was one hit shy of tying the franchise record set by Lance Berkman, who hit in eight consecutive at-bats from May 4-8, 2008...ended the season with four consecutive multi-hit games (Sept. 24-27).
In only his second Major League season, continued to show the power, on-base ability, speed and elite defense he exhibited as a rookie in 2014...ﬁnished ﬁfth among AL outﬁelders in OBP (.367) and eighth in OPS (.826)...posted career highs in games played (102), hits (107), runs (59), doubles (19), walks (50), steals (16), batting average (.276), OBP (.367) and OPS (.826)...hit .296 (40x135) with a .936 OPS (.403 OBP/.533) against southpaws...batted .319 (66x207) with an .880 OPS (.383 OBP/.498 SLG) on the road...his .817 career OPS (.354 OBP/.463 SLG) is the highest by an Astros outﬁelder over his ﬁrst two Major League seasons since Hunter Pence (.833, 2007-08)...his 36 home runs within his ﬁrst 180 games in the Majors set a club record...the previous record was held by Glenn Davis (35 HR)...36 home runs rank second in club history through a player's ﬁrst two seasons, behind Pence (42)...hit leadoﬀ in 46 games...his .379 on-base percentage as the leadoﬀ hitter ranked fourth in the AL...made his ﬁrst career Opening Day roster and start...was placed on the 7-day Concussion Disabled List on May 6 and was activated on May 13...placed on the 15-day DL on July 2 with a right wrist fracture after getting hit by a pitch from RHP Edinson Volquez on July 1 vs. KC...activated from the DL on Sept. 4...on April 12 at TEX, robbed the Rangers Leonys Martin of a walk-oﬀ grand slam in the 10th inning, which helped Houston to a 14-inning win...recorded three steals and three walks on April 27 at SD, setting career highs in steals while tying his career high for walks for a single game...was the ﬁfth time in club history that a player recorded three walks and three steals in a single game, and the ﬁrst since Michael Bourn did so on April 25, 2010 vs. PIT...on April 28 at SD, tied a career high with ﬁve RBI (also May 24, 2014 at SEA)...posted a career-long 14-game hitting streak from June 7-21 in which he hit.458 (27x59) with four doubles, four homers, seven RBI and a .492 on-base percentage...was the longest hitting streak by an Astro since Jose Altuve hit in 14 straight from Aug. 23-Sept. 7, 2014...went 5x5 with ﬁve singles on June 10 at CWS...marked a career-high for hits in a game, and the 12th time in club history that a batter recorded at least ﬁve singles in a single game...prior to Springer, the last was Craig Biggio on June 28, 2007 vs. COL when Biggio reached the 3,000-hit plateau...recorded his ﬁrst multi-homer game of the year on June 15 vs. COL...was his ﬁrst multi-HR game since May 24, 2014 at SEA...hit his ﬁrst-career leadoﬀ homer on June 19 at SEA, which was also the Astros ﬁrst leadoﬀ homer of the season...prior to hitting the DL on July 2, ranked fourth among AL outﬁelders in OPS (.822), ﬁfth in OBP (.365) and homers (13) and sixth in extra-base hits (27)...had a career-long 25-game on-base streak from June 27-Sept. 26...was the second-longest streak by an Astro this season, behind Jose Altuve's 29-game run from Aug. 1-Sept. 1...was also the second-longest active on-base streak in the Majors at the time...in his ﬁrst seven games back from the DL from Sept. 4-12, hit .179 (5x28) with no homers and no RBI...in his next 20 games to close out the regular season, hit .345 (29x84) with four doubles, two triples, three homers, 12 RBI, two steals and a .952 OPS (.404 OBP/.548 SLG)...ranked seventh in the AL in batting average and OBP in that 20-game span to end the year...played in ﬁve games at Double A on rehab assignments, batting .278 (5x18) with one double, two walks and one stolen base...played in one game on May 12 while rehabbing his concussion...played in four games from Aug. 29-Sept. 3 while rehabbing his fractured right wrist...started every postseason game for Houston in right ﬁeld...joined Chris Burke (5g), Colby Rasmus (5g), Ken Caminiti (4g) and Glenn Davis (4g) as the only players to start their postseason careers with Houston with a four-game hitting streak...went 5x23 (.217) with two doubles, a homer and three RBI in his six postseason games.
Made his Major League debut after being selected to the Astros from Triple A Oklahoma City on April 15...made 78 starts (70 in RF, 7 in CF and 1 as DH)...entered the season as one of the top prospects in the game...rated as a top-25 overall prospect by Baseball America (No. 18), ESPN.com (No. 19), Baseball Prospectus (No. 20) and MLB.com (No. 21)...was named AL Rookie of the Month for May...became just the fifth Astros player ever to win a Rookie of the Month Award, joining Hunter Pence, Kirk Saarloos, Roy Oswalt and Collin McHugh, who also won the award this season...in May hit .294 (30x102) with four doubles, one triple, 10 homers, 25 RBI and a 1.032 OPS (.385 OBP/.647 SLG)...led all ML rookies in homers, RBI and OPS during the month, while ranking fifth in batting average and second in hits...set franchise rookie records for home runs (19) and RBI (50) prior to the All-Star Break...ranked in the top 10 among ML rookies with a minimum of 290 at-bats in home runs (2nd), RBI (3rd), slugging (3rd), walks (5th) and OBP (4th)...in his 59 games since hitting his first career homer on May 8, was ranked second in the Majors in home runs (20) through July 19, trailing only Edwin Encarnacion (22)...finished just one homer shy of Lance Berkman's Astros rookie record for homers in a single season (21 in 2000)... hit 15 of his 20 home runs this season on the road, while posting a .257 (38x148) average with 31 RBI away from Minute Maid Park...began the season with Triple A Oklahoma City after being reassigned to minor league camp in Spring Training on March 20...selected to the Major League roster on April 16...played in 78 games with the Astros before being placed on the 15-day Disabled List because of a left quad strain...remained on the DL, missing 64 games, through the end of the season...played in three games with Class A Quad Cities on rehab assignment from Aug. 4-6...recorded a hit, a walk and a run scored in his Major League debut on April 16 vs. KC...became just the sixth Astro to put up a line like that in a Major League debut, and the first since James Mouton (April 4, 1994)...collected a hit in each of his first five games (April 16-20) to start his career...the last Astros player to record hits in each of his first five MLB games was Jose Altuve, who hit in seven straight games to start his career in 2011...recorded three walks on May 13 vs. TEX...the last Astros rookie with three walks in a game was Luke Scott on Aug. 4, 2006, at ARI...went 2x5 with two home runs and five RBI in what was his 33rd career game on May 24 at SEA...marked single game career-highs in both home runs and RBI...his five runs tied a franchise record, last acheived by Cody Ransom on Sept. 20, 2007...marked the first multi-homer game by an Astros rookie since Hunter Pence hit two on Aug. 31, 2007, at CHC...the last Astro to record a multi-homer game within his first 33 games was Lance Berkman in 1999 (game 10)...went 4x4 with five runs scored, three RBI, two doubles, a home run and a walk on May 26 at KC, becoming the first player in franchise history to reach all of those marks in a single game...became the first rookie in franchise history to homer in four straight games (five total homers May 21-26)...hit seven homers over a seven-game span from May 21-29, joining Rudy York (with Detroit from Aug. 22-27, 1937) as the only rookies in MLB history ever to hit seven homers over a seven-game stretch (Elias)...hit a two-run homer in the 1st inning on June 30 vs. SEA, a 445-foot shot to left field...tied for the fifth longest ever hit by an Astros player at Minute Maid Park and the longest hit to left field...on June 24 vs. ATL, hit a 441-foot home run, which was tied for the eighth longest homer ever hit by an Astros player at MMP...played in 13 games at Triple A this season, hitting .353 (18x51) with four doubles, a triple, three homers, nine RBI, four stolen bases and a 1.106 OPS (.459 OBP/.647 SLG)...posted multi-hit games in five of his last eight games... hit .250 (1x4) with a double and three walks in three games on an injury rehab assignment with Class A Quad Cities...homered in each of his last two contests with OKC, including a grand slam on April 15 in a RedHawks 11-9 win at Colorado Springs.
Had one of the greatest seasons in minor league history after becoming the first minor leaguer to hit 30+ homers while recording 30+ steals since Oakland's Grant Desme in 2009...became the first Astros minor leaguer ever to reach the 30/30 plateau...named Minor League Baseball's 2013 Offensive Player of the Year and the Astros Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .303 (149x492) with 27 doubles, four triples, 37 homers, 108 RBI, 45 stolen bases and a 1.010 OPS (.411 OBP/.600 SLG) combined between Triple A Oklahoma City (62g) and Double A Corpus Christi (73g)...was one of just nine position players named to Baseball America's Minor League All-Star Team...named to MLB.com's All-Prospect Team...finished among the top 10 players in all of the minors in homers (T-2nd), total bases (295, 3rd), OPS (3rd), RBI (4th), slugging percentage (5th), runs (T-5th) and extra-base hits (68, T-6th)...received Texas League Player of the Year honors and was a Midseason and Postseason All-Star after hitting .297 with 19 homers and 23 steals in 73 first-half games with the Double A Corpus Christi Hooks...received the award despite getting a promotion to Triple A at the start of the second half of the season...named the Texas League Player of the Week for the week of May 27-June 3...received the Hooks April Player of the Month Award...at the time of his promotion to Oklahoma City on June 27, was leading the Texas League in runs (56), extra-base hits (39), and slugging (.579) while ranking tied for first in homers...after arriving at Triple A, led the Pacific Coast League in runs (49), extra-base hits (29), total bases (136), homers (18), RBI (53), slugging percentage (.626) and OPS (1.050)...received PCL Player of the Week honors for the week of July 8-15...named Oklahoma City's Player of the Month for July.
Entered the season as the Astros No. 3
prospect and called the organization's best
athlete and the best defensive outfielder by
Baseball America...was also named to have the
organization's best outfield arm...was a non-roster
invite to the Astros Major League Spring Training
and appeared in nine games, going 3x9 with a
double and two runs scored...assigned to Class
A Advanced Lancaster at the onset of the season,
where he earned midseason and postseason
California League All-Star honors...ranked tied for
second in the league in runs scored, third in OPS
(.955) and triples, fifth in on-base and slugging
percentage, sixth in batting average, tied for eighth in stolen bases and 10th in home runs...earned
Played in eight games for Short-Season Class A Tri-City after signing with the club on Aug. 15...started in center field in all eight contests...went 2x3 with three runs scored, a double and a home run in his second career game on Aug. 29 vs. Lowell...posted a .303 on-base percentage...reported to the club's instructional league in Kissimee, FL, following the season.