George Springer

2017 World Series MVP, George Springer, leads the Houston Astros to their first-ever MLB Championship victory.

George Chelston Springer III, the Houston Astros’ first pick in the 2011 MLB draft from the University of Connecticut (11th overall), made his Major League debut in 2014 at Minute Maid Park against the Kansas City Royals batting second and playing right field. His career took off like a rocket as he became the cover man of the June 2014 Sports Illustrated issue where the Astros were predicted to be “The 2017 World Series Champs.” As prophesized, 2017 was full of unbelievable achievements for both George and his team. In July, he joined 31 of the American League’s top players on the 2017 All-Star team and was voted to be a starter as they faced the National League stars at Marlins Park. Most recently, he celebrated the Astros’ first-ever World Series victory in 2017’s Game 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, bringing a much-needed sense of pride and joy to Houston. Following his team’s historic win, Springer became the latest recipient of the coveted Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player award. As if being the “best player in the World Series” isn’t enough, he also tied the World Series record with 5 home runs, matching New York Yankees’ Reggie Jackson (1977) and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley (2009). Incredibly, it seems like he is just getting started and this hot streak is just a glimpse of what George Springer has to show us.

“I’m having the best time of my life, not only to have a chance to play and live out my dream, but to see kids enjoying the game.”

MLB CAREER STATS: AVG .266; H 498; R 332; HR 99; RBI 259; SB 35; OBP.359