2011 MLB Draft Tracker: Astros Select George Springer

Houston Astros: George Springer (OF, University of Connecticut)

Looking for a big impact at 11th overall, the Houston Astros picked the best athlete in the college crop, University of Connecticut outfielder George Springer. Springer has the tools to be a 20/20 player, and he was very impressive performance-wise this year, hitting .351/.451/.632 with 30 walks and 37 strikeotus in 228 at-bats this year. He also stole 31 bases.

A 6-3, 200 pounder, Springer was inconsistent at times in college and scouts point to some questions about his swing mechanics. However, he made signficant progress smoothing them out this year and he has a good chance to live up to his full potential. He has a strong throwing arm and enough range for center field, and his makeup is well-regarded.

The Astros need impact players in their improving farm system, and Springer certainly qualifies. He imprsses scouts in the Cape Cod League in '10, giving hope that he can adapt to the pro game quickly.

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