Two of the top statistical performers at Double-A Corpus Christi go the call up a level on Sunday. The Corpus Christi Hooks official Twitter account announced the move then, as center fielder George Springer and right-hander Jake Buchanan are on the move:
OF George Springer & RHP Jake Buchanan have been promoted to Triple-A OKC. Both will participate in the TL All-Star Game. #cchooks #Astros— Corpus Christi Hooks (@cchooks) June 24, 2013
Both were two of the best players on the Hooks roster that earned the Texas League South Division title with a record of 42-28. Springer hit .299/.402/.575 in 318 plate appearances with the Hooks this season, including 18 home runs and 23 steals. He had a walk rate of 13 percent but struck out 29 percent of the time. He led the Texas League in homers and was second in steals while playing well in center field.
As for Buchanan, the former NC State star boasted a sterling 2.09 ERA with a 7-2 record in 82 first-half innings. He went a long stretch in the middle of this first-half run without allowing a run and walked less than one batter per nine innings. That super control offset his lackluster strikeout rate, which clocked in at 4.83 per nine innings.
Springer should join an OKC outfield that just lost starter Marc Krauss to a callup to Houston. Buchanan, meanwhile, might be joining the RedHawks thanks to a trio of doubleheaders at the end of this week that has left OKC scrambling for starters. Earlier Sunday, it was revealed that 2012 draftee Brady Rodgers would be called up to OKC to start this week.