The Houston Astros have signed 11th overall pick George Springer, as first reported by Baseball America's John Manuel. The University of Connecticut outfielder signed for $2.525 million, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America.
Springer was a junior at UConn that raked in all three seasons at the collegiate level. Coming in at 6'3'' and 200 pounds, Springer is considered as a superior athlete. Here is a snippet of ESPN's scouting report on the outfielder:
Springer is a superior athlete. He's an above-average runner with a plus arm and raw power, and has the type of body you rarely see on college position players because guys who look like this are signed out of high school. He has tremendous bat speed, can turn on good velocity and has a history of running deep counts, although he lacks a two-strike approach.
Unfortunately for Springer, he developed a severe flaw at the plate turning off scouts. Nevertheless, the potential scouts once saw is still existent, and not too far out of reach.. Law believes "If a hitting coach can clean him up, he has the potential to hit in the middle of a major-league lineup with plus defense in right field."
Along with first round pick George Springer, the Houston Astros managed to sign each and everyone of their top 13 selections.