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The Astros called up outfield prospect George Springer in mid-April in the hope he d immediately spark their woebegone offense.

He didn t. Springer struggled in his first couple of weeks of big-league play, mustering only a .477 OPS and striking out 25 times in his first 68 at-bats, a slump that led some to suggest Springer wasn t ready for prime time.

He was. Springer has been on a tear since early May. And in his first at-bat against the Royals on Wednesday, the 24-year-old smashed his ninth homer of the young season and his sixth in his last six games. He leads all Major League rookies in home runs, RBI and OPS since the beginning of the month.

It s 2014, and Twitter exists, and we re all eager to provide instant baseball analysis. But it s always worth giving a guy some time before making any sweeping conclusions about his future as an MLB player. Remember: Willie Mays started his career 1-for-26.

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