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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: George Springer vs. Alex Presley

A couple of outfielders duke it out in this round. One of them figures to have something of a small advantage over the other...

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Round One, Match Twelve

George Springer, OF

After scuffling badly in April after being initially called up, Springer exploded by posting a 1.032 OPS in May and following it up with an .824 OPS in June. Though he season ended prematurely due to injury in July, the statement had been made. Even if he never improves past what he showed in his rookie campaign, he figures to be a 30-30 player with plus defense anywhere in the outfield he plays. Strike outs may well hold him back from being elite, but it seems a near foregone conclusion that he'll be a solid regular player at very worst. -- Brian Stevenson


Alex Presley, OF

Elvis is in the house. Picked off waivers last year, Presley is a professional back up outfielder. He can play all three OF positions competently and handles the bat well. Presley's offensive stats weren't great last year, but that can happen with sporadic at bats. Steamer projects a near league average wRC+ (99) next year. He is often used as a platoon player, and he has a modest advantage against RHP over his career. However, last year he reversed his platoon results; Presley posted a 117 wRC+ against lefties last year. Normally a contact hitter with sparse power, the Astros want him to hit the ball in the air more, hoping to increase his low ISO. With a lot more competition in the OF, Presley needs to look good this spring. -- clack