Springer, Buchanan promoted to Triple-A
Outfielder George Springer, one of the Astros’ most promising prospects, joined teammate and right-handed pitcher Jake Buchanan in getting promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday. They will join the RedHawks after participating in the Texas League All-Star Game Tuesday at Northwest Arkansas.
Springer said he would fly to Oklahoma City on Thursday, where he will join top prospect Jonathan Singleton in the middle of the RedHawks lineup.
“I’m excited about it,” he said. “It’s another opportunity and another chapter and I’m looking forward to it.”
Springer was leading the run producer in the Texas League in the first half of the season, hitting .297 with 19 home runs and 55 RBIs. At the time of his promotion, he ranked among league leaders in hitting (sixth), home runs (tied for first), runs batted in (tied for second), stolen bases (23, tied second), hits (81, tied for fourth), doubles (20, fifth) and runs scored (56, first).
Springer fell one long ball short of becoming the second Hook to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season. Drew Sutton hit 20 home runs and stole 20 bases in 2008.
“I’ve just got to continue with the same thing, keep hitting the ball hard and string together good, quality at-bats and results will happen,” Springer said. “Don’t press and go out and play.”
Buchanan helped anchor a pitching staff that carried the Hooks for much of the first half, going 7-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 18 games, 13 of them starts. He earned Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Month in May after he did not allow an earned run and posted a 4-0 record. Buchanan led the Texas League in WHIP (0.93), ranked fourth in batting average against (.226) and fifth in innings pitched (82.0).
In 2012, the 23-year-old North Carolina State product went 5-6 with a 5.00 earned run average in 19 starts before a move to the bullpen. Houston drafted Buchanan in the eighth round of the 2010 draft. He earned the Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year award in 2011 after he went 5-10 with a 3.91 ERA for Class A Lancaster.
Corresponding moves have yet to be announced.