College Baseball Daily continues our countdown for the 2010 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today at number 3 in our countdown with UConn junior centerfielder George Springer. The New Britain, Connecticut, native attended Avon Old Farms all four years of high school. He had an outstanding career being named All-New England in 2007 and 2008 while participating in the Cape Cod High School Classic in 2007. The Minnesota Twins selected him in the 2008 MLB Draft but were unable to sign him.
Springer stepped right into the UConn Huskies lineup as a freshman appearing in 56 games (54 starts) as he hit .358 with 16 homers and driving in 57 runs. He was solid on the basepaths also swiping 12 bases in 15 attempts. The Big East Conference named him the Rookie of the Year as he was the first UConn player ever to receive the award. He was also named a Freshman All-American by Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA and a Louisville Slugger.
Springer spent the summer of 2009 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Wareham Gatemen as he played in 40 games hitting .261 with three home runs and 25 RBI. He was named to the 2009 Cape Cod Baseball League All-League Team for his performance.
As a sophomore, Springer had a slight dropoff in performance but still started 64 games hitting .337 with 18 homers and driving in 62 runs. He was even better on the basepaths as he picked up 33 stolen bases in 35 attempts. He was named All-Big East Second Team and All-New England Second Team.
He started the summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League again with the Wareham Gatemen as he appeared in 16 games hitting .288 with three homers and seven RBI. He ten was pegged by the USA Collegiate National Team where he ended up playing in 18 games while hitting .292 with two homers and a team leading 18 RBI on the summer.