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KEYE Catches Up with George Springer

Updated: Saturday, August 24 2013, 02:58 PM CDT

While the Astros are in the midst of a historically bad major league season, Houston is also on the verge of making history on the minor league level. But this bit of history would be much more pleasant to Astros fans.

Houston prospect George Springer is just three home runs shy of joining the exclusive 40/40 club: 40 or more home runs in a season, along with 40 or more stolen bases. No minor league player has accomplished this feat since Len Tucker did it in 1956. Entering Saturday, Springer has 37 home runs and 41 stolen bases in a combined season with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks and Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks.

KEYE TV caught up with the Astros 23 year old prospect to discuss his pursuit of 40/40, winning a minor league championship and whether or not he is growing impatient waiting on the call to the big leagues.

KEYE TV: How much does the pursuit of 40/40 come up?

Springer: Just in there (the clubhouse), yeah but it's nothing - it's just one of those things where I can't control it now and you just go out and play. Whatever happens happens.

KEYE TV: What would that mean to you? To become the first 40/40 guy in the minors since 1956?

Springer: I don't really know. I think it would obviously be something special. I guess it would show that hard work pays off. As of now, I'm not there, so just go out and play.

KEYE TV: Do you hear from a lot of Astros fans? Do they ask you why you're not in the majors?

Springer: No. I'm not on Twitter or anything like that so I don't really know what's happening. I don't know. That's not up to me. I just go out and play. At the end of the day, it is what it is.

KEYE TV: At what point did you buy into the plan/process to keep you in the minor leagues for all of 2013?

Springer: That's kind of how it's always been. You don't ever expect anything to happen. You just go out and you play and you let the results, I guess you could say, speak for themselves. Like I've said before, whenever he (Astros GM Jeff Luhnow) thinks I'm ready to go, that will be my time.

KEYE TV: With the struggles of the big league club, what's the mindset of the minor league guys in this organization?

Springer: We've obviously got some talent in the organization, starting from here all the way down. We've got some teams who are in first place. It's just a matter of going out and you play hard. It's a positive attitude. We understand how to win at this point in our career and you just go out and you play and you have a lot of fun.

KEYE TV: Are you a patient person? Is that how you would describe yourself?

Springer: I'm pretty passive. I'm not very impatient. I'm a relaxed, laid back kind of guy.

KEYE TV: How excited are you for next year? Many expect you to be with the big league club. Is it hard to not look ahead to 2014?

Springer: No. As of now, we are in the playoff push here and we're trying to win a championship down here. You don't think about that right now. You cross that bridge when you get there. So as of now, I'm just going out and having fun and enjoying this.

KEYE TV: What would a Triple-A championship mean to this franchise?

Springer: I think it would be extremely special. But at the same time, you have to go out and you have to work. It's not just going to be handed to down. At the same time, it shows that there's a lot of talent in the organization.

KEYE TV: Now just (three) home runs shy of 40/40, is it something you try and block out to keep from putting pressure on yourself?

Springer: Just try to go hit something hard. You really can't control how you hit it, but you can control what you swing at and whatever happens happens.

by Adam Winkler

KEYE Catches Up with George Springer


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Scores & Schedules

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

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No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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