Five Major Questions for the Houston Astros in 2016

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Can George Springer stay healthy for a full year?

The talent is undeniable, as George Springer heads into his third major-league season. Springer has all the makings of a five-tool superstar, but injuries have limited him to just 180 games over the past two seasons. His all out playing style subjects him to injuries, but it is also part of what makes him a special talent. Springer’s skill set slots perfectly in the two-hole in Manager A.J. Hinch’s lineup, while also providing Gold Glove caliber play in right field.

Part of being an elite player is the ability to stay on the field, and Springer must learn to take care of his body over the course of a 162-game schedule. To be fair, injuries were not a problem for Springer in the minor leagues, so perhaps the past two years can be chalked up to a bit of bad luck. Nonetheless, if the Astros are going to continue their rise in the American League, they will need Springer to stay healthy for a full season.

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  1. jake

    Great article Adam – cya at the B&B soon… Dead-on per the starting pitching. You have to think Keuchel will slide back some, and McHugh was a very lucky 19-7 last season… I love McCullers Jr., but it’s a slippery slope in the 4 and 5 spots… Definitely a do or die season for Singleton at 1B, and yes, Reed appears to be the future of the 1B spot for the Astros anyway… Valbuena needs to pick up that dismal BA and OB% at 3B too… I honestly think a healthy Springer would be the best player on the team, and that says a lot when you look at how great Correa and Altuve already are… Go ‘Stros !

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