Whatever you do, do not sell high on George Springer.
In fact, I would have strongly advised anyone to buy low back in April, but it's a bit late for that now, as he has become Major League Baseball's hottest hitter.
In his last six games, the Astros' young phenom has gone 10 for 23 with 13 runs batted in, 11 runs scored and six home runs to go along with a .519 OBP.
He is currently sporting a 10-game hit streak, garnering 15 hits in 37 at-bats over that span.
Despite only hitting .182 in April, Springer has managed to lift that number to .269 over the last four weeks as a result of batting .322 in May. He also has a remarkable 1.108 OPS for the month of May.
After striking out 48 times in his first 122 at-bats, he has only two punch-outs in his last 23. He is seeing more pitches, with 12 of his 18 walks coming since May 13.
Since May 1, Springer has a Runs Created quotient of approximately 25.3, which puts him fifth among American League hitters for the month of May, only behind Victor Martinez, Nelson Cruz, Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion. That's pretty good company for a rookie.
I see a lot of Matt Kemp in Springer. The athleticism, the combination of speed and power, the fielding ability. Both were very raw coming up to the majors, but possessed a ton of potential.
In 2013, Springer, knocked out 37 homers and swiped 45 bases while batting over .300 in the minors, numbers that are undeniably similar to the near-MVP season Kemp had back in 2011.
For some reason he has yet to light it up on the base-paths, having not stolen a base since his third game in the majors on April 18. Still, this should not worry fantasy owners. While it is a bit unprecedented that a potential 40-40 man would find his power in the major leagues before he becomes really dangerous on the base-paths, his seemingly meteoric rise to stardom is a bit Trout-like, and Springer should continue to put all of the pieces together. Comparatively, Trout wasn't a base-stealing nightmare until about 150 at-bats into his rookie campaign, which is just about exactly where Springer is now. Perhaps we see his stolen base numbers increase in the near future.
Now, Springer will likely not continue to produce at the particularly torrid pace he is currently producing at, but don't take this month as a fluke if he starts to slow down a bit.
After a shaky start to his big league career, he has really found his rhythm both at the plate and in the field, and he appears to be in the majors to stay.
If for some reason George Springer is unowned in your league, you should probably hit up the free agents page right about now.