Houston Astros 2014 Spring Training Profile: Carlos Correa
The Houston Astros have a superstar in the making on their hands.
Shortstop Carlos Correa is getting a lot of hype because of his first full season in Houston’s farm system. It is remarkable how quick Correa is beginning to get to form and although he is still very young, he might be up with the big leaguers sooner rather than later.
Correa, 19, batted .320/.405/.467 with nine home runs and 86 RBI in 117 games in the Midwest League. He recorded 144 hits and 73 runs with 10 stolen bases. Remember, he is only 19 and in another year or two, he is going to become the starting shortstop for the Astros, possibly batting in the second or third slot. At such a young age, Houston needs to cultivate their prospect and hope that he does not grow up quick and begin to fizzle out.
He is ranked as the fifth best prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus and according to Baseball America, he is more sure-handed than most shortstops for his age. He also possesses excellent bat speed and average to above-average power at the plate. Baseball America sees him to have 20-25 home run potential.
Houston did not pass on Correa like the organization passed on Derek Jeter in the 1992 MLB Draft. Correa is going to be the centerpiece of the franchise for quite sometime and if you combine him with other up and coming prospects like George Springer and Mark Appel, then you have a lot of winning seasons ahead of you.
Correa will get a shot to impress manager Bo Porter in Spring Training, and if Correa continues to show that he is something special, he may get the start over Jonathan Villar on Opening Day.