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Ex-UConn star Springer named Texas League Player of the Week

Posted by Craig Forde  June 3, 2013 01:17 PM

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Springer.jpgFormer UConn and Avon Old Farms star George Springer was named Player of the Week in the Texas League for the period of May 27-June 2.

Playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros), the center fielder has been putting on a hitting clinic for much of the season as he lived up to the billing of being the 11th overall selection in the 2011 draft.

Springer went 12-for-30 during the period with 4 doubles, 4 home runs, 12 RBIs and 8 runs scored as he carried on through a current nine-game hitting streak, including 4 hits during a Sunday doubleheader.

Springer also went 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts to bring his season total to 17, third most in the league.

He currently has the best slugging percentage (.640) and OPS (1.057) in the Texas League and also leads the league with 17 home runs, 47 RBIs and 46 runs and is sixth in batting at .310.

In three years with UConn Springer batted .346 with 46 homers and 196 RBIs before the Astros plucked him up with their first round pick two years ago.

Springer jumped from Class-A Lancaster to Corpus Christi last season and could make the jump to Triple-A Oklahoma City soon if he continues to rake at this rate.

He becomes the third Corpus Christi player, and first batter, to nail down weekly honors this year, joining pitchers Asher Wojchiechowski and Jake Buchanan.

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