So this quick exchange between our own Cockroach and Brian McTaggart as set the rusty gears of my mind into motion about something that's been really grinding my....gears the last couple days.
A couple of days ago on twitter I had a bit of a row with a couple of folks, who I won't name, concerning George Springer. One had asked the question "Did the Astros bring up George Springer too soon?" Then another chimed in by insinuating that he knew of some "problem" with Springer that was discovered shortly after he was drafted that would lead the Astros to trade him "within three years."
It's been 9 games, people. After his first at bat on April 20, he was hitting .316!
"Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy..."
After my dander was back down, I decided to see how other some of the best known Astros did in their first nine games. Surely we'll find that all the weeping and gnashing of teeth concerning Springer is justified, right? After all, if you're not world class from day one, there's no hope, right?
.171/.275/.200, 0 HRs, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Started 6 for his first 19.
.214/.343/.429, 2 HRs, 7 RBI, 0 SB. Started 1 for his first 16.
.148/.179/.259, 0 HRs, 0 RBI, 3 SB. Started 1 for his first 14.
.184/.225/.184, 0 HRs, 0 RBI, 1 SB. Started 2 for his first 17.
.160/.222/.160, 0 HRs, 2 RBI, 1 SB. Started 2 for his first 21.
.355/.432/.516, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB. Ok, there's one.
.214/.353/.286, 0 HRs, 3 RBI, 1 SB. Started 2 for his first 13.
.182/.217/.273, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB. Started 3 for his first 21.
.167/.286/.200, 0 HRs, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Started 1 for his first 8.
.323/.353/.387, 0 HRs, 4 RBI, 1 SB. There's another.
.217/.250/.348, 0 HRs, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Started 2 for his first 13.
.250/.289/.444, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB. Started 4 for his first 12.
.261/.320/.261, 0 HRs, 0 RBI, 1 SB. Started 2 for his first 11.
And just for fun, here's a non-Astro you may have heard of
.133/.212/.167, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB. Started 2 for his first 19.
I can keep going, but I think I've made my point.
Now, don't be thick-headed and try to tell me that my point is that Springer will be just as good as all the guys I've named above. In no way, shape, or form am I saying Springer is the next Mike Trout, or Jeff Bagwell, or whoever.
Here's my point, and I'll make it nice and big for everybody:
9 GAMES DOES NOT TELL US JACK SQUAT ABOUT
WHAT KIND OF CAREER A PLAYER'S GOING TO HAVE!