"His age is a legitimate concern."
It really isn't. This is still his age 22 season, and all of next season will be his age 23 season. He's on track to reach the majors during his age 24 season, similar to Pence. I didn't hear anyone crying about Pence's age when he came up.
The Astros knew that Springer was raw for a college player, but his upside was too good to pass up on. He's going to need a bit more time.
I don't know why they leave Springer in A ball. He has nothing left to prove.
It's kinda hard to tweak anything about your approach when you are producing numbers like he is.
He needs tougher competition where his K% gets exposed so he can work on it.
I fared better in today's chat on Baseball Prospectus with R.J. Anderson and got all three of my questions in:
Ashitaka1110 (Houston, TX): Where did this Jose Cisnero kid come from all of the sudden, and is he the real deal?
R.J. Anderson: Cisnero is a power arm in the Astros system. He’s had good strikeout rates throughout his minor-league career, but he just reached the upper levels this season. From everything I’ve read and heard about Cisnero, he’s probably a future reliever.
Ashitaka1110 (Houston, TX): Can you give us an ETA for Marc Krauss to the Majors, a reasonable ceiling and a best-case ceiling?
R.J. Anderson: Let’s say 2014 for the ETA. I suppose Houston could push him up in September to get an up-close look, but I don’t know if they’ll do that. I’m no good with comparisons, but Adam Dunn (without elite power) is the one that gets thrown around a lot with Krauss. Of course, Adam Dunn without elite power isn’t Adam Dunn, but that’s the danger with comparisons.
Ashitaka1110 (Houston, TX): How good do you think Jarred Cosart's chances of sticking in the rotation are?
R.J. Anderson: I think he’ll make it to the majors as a starter. Kevin Goldstein recently wrote about Cosart and his lack of feel. There’s probably a decent chance he winds up in the bullpen long-term, but the Astros will give him plenty of opportunities to stick in the rotation first.
There you go.
Agreed. He's already at AAA. If he performs decently I doubt he'll spend all of next year repeating a level.
Also, take the small sample with a grain of salt, but his whiff rate isn't that high since joining our farm.
Springer was just promoted to AA. Rejoice!=======
Wonder who's getting bumped to AAA for that move.======
They don't have to bump anyone up. They can release or demote a guy.
It would just make sense to promote someone, like Wates or Singleton, since AAA is still filled with a lot of, well, filler.
EDIT: FYI @ all; Springer is not in the CC lineup tonight, so I guess he didn't get there in time.