WATCH: Astros rookie Springer makes two amazing catches, Carter hits walk-off home run

  • David Whitlock

Definition of 5-tool player.  Hit, Hit with power, run, throw, and catch.  The last of those five were on prime display for the May American League Rookie of the Month as he made two highlight reel diving catches.

Check out the first rob of  a single to center field (courtesy of


Then Springer kept the game tied at a critical juncture with a catch so unbelievable that the runner on second (Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt) was doubled off easily (via


And his defense was rewarded with a walk-off home run by Chris Carter (via


Fun times for baseball in Houston, it’s been a while.  Fellow rookie Jon Singleton also contributed with a homer.  Has this team turned the corner?

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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