George Springer already has five errors

May, 1, 2014
May 1
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Astros rookie George Springer has five errors, which is pretty remarkable considering he’s a right fielder and he’s played only 14 games. This is worth checking out ...


April 17 -- Norichika Aoki doubles over the first-base bag and the ball bounds down into where the stands jut out along the right-field line in Houston. As Springer reaches down for the ball, it takes a bad hop over his glove, allowing Aoki to get to third base. Mostly bad luck here on the strange, high bounce.

April 24 -- Coco Crisp bloops a single into right-center with runners at the corners. Springer lazily lobs the ball back into the infield over Jose Altuve's head, allowing Crisp to head to second. Luckily it didn't hurt the Astros; Jed Lowrie lined out to end the inning.

April 25 -- Ninth inning, bases loaded, game tied, no outs, infield in for the Astros. Oakland’s Daric Barton singles off the glove of Altuve to score two runs. Springer overruns the ball, which was barely moving, and Craig Gentry comes all the way around from first base to score a third run.

(Quick aside: The Astros are a lousy defensive team, as they were last year. They're second worst in the majors with minus-21 Defensive Runs Saved, better only than Cleveland's minus-24. Just in watching these few videos, I've seen Jonathan Villar bobble a routine double-play ball that extended an inning; Josh Fields bobble a bunt in the inning above that loaded the bases; and Altuve fail to make a play you have to make.)

April 29 -- Adam LaRoche singles to right field in front of Springer, who bobbles the ball to allow Jayson Werth to move from second to third.

April 30 -- Denard Span triples into right-center. Springer twice drops the ball as he tries to pick it up, and Span circles the bases.

OK, four of the errors involved his hands, and one was a lazy throw. They look more like errors of effort and concentration than anything, a guy trying to move too fast. Springer had only three errors in his minor league career, so I don’t think we’re talking about a guy with bad hands or a Vlad Guerrero-like arm where the ball may land anywhere within a 100-foot radius.

Still, five errors in 14 games is unacceptable. Springer is obviously a talented athlete, maybe a little too eager to impress. He’s hitting .182 with no home runs and 19 strikeouts (not necessarily a surprise, given his high strikeout rates in the minors), and is 3-for-22 with 10 K's against "soft" stuff. He clearly needs to relax and let the game come to him.

Easy to say, of course. Baseball is a hard game.

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