The Future Looks Bright for the Houston Astros

By Lee White
Carlos Correa Houston Astros
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The Houston Astros drafted Carlos Correa with the No. 1 overall draft pick in last season’s draft. Correa has been compared to the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. So on name basis alone, he looks to have a good future. As you can imagine, Astros fans are raving about this kid, as they should be.

Last night, Astros fans got a very good glimpse of the organization’s future. Believe me, I watched the game, and the future is very bright. On Saturday night, Correa and Domingo Santana made their Astros debut and the Astros No. 1 prospect, Jonathan Singleton, also played some innings at first base.

Correa looked very good in his Astros debut. At age 18, Correa came into the game and fired a bullet to first base to record an out, and also had the game-tying RBI single. It wasn’t much, but it was a very good sign of things to come.

Last season, Correa hit .371 with a homer and three RBIs over 41 PA for the Greeneville Astros. Yes, that is a very small sample size, but that can’t take away from what Correa can do on the field.

The Astros acquired Santana as a player to be named later in the Hunter Pence trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. At the time, Astros fans didn’t exactly know what they could get out him. But surely enough, Santana has turned into a major prospect for the Astros. Last season, Santana hit .302 with 23 home runs and 97 RBI at High-A Lancaster. He drew a walk in his only at-bat in his Astros debut.

The team acquired their top prospect, Singleton, in the trade with Phillies as well. At that time, Astros fans knew exactly who they were getting. He became their No. 1 prospect then, and is still that today. Singleton was going to be invited to the Astros camp this year, but a failed drug test to put a hold on things.

Last night, he played a few innings for the Astros in their game against the Washington Nationals. In his one at-bat, he absolutely drilled a ball to dead center. Watching it off the bat, I honestly though he may have gotten it out of the ballpark. He didn’t — the ball died at the warning track.

If last night was any sign for the Houston Astros, the future is extremely bright. Astros fans don’t need me to tell them that, though.

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