5 Things Houston Astros Fans Need To Know About Carlos Correa

5 Things Houston Astros Fans Need to Know About Carlos Correa

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The Houston Astros have one of, if not the deepest farm system in MLB. It has taken three years of finishing last, signing most of their high draft picks and trading off aging talent to get there. The gem of their system is shortstop Carlos Correa, who was rated as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball in January. There are five things Houston Astros fans need to know about Correa before they see him in navy and orange.

5. The Leg Injury is Not Serious

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5. The Leg Injury is Not Serious

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Correa had a freak injury, a broken right fibula, sliding into third base on a triple. He has since had successful surgery and is expected to be back to 100 percent by next season -- maybe even in time for the Arizona Fall League. The silver lining is there was no ligament damage to the ankle or knee, leading to the assumption that there will be no lasting effects.

4. He is Still Very Young

Carlos Correa Still Very Young
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4. He is Still Very Young

Carlos Correa Still Very Young
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Correa was drafted as an 18-year-old with the first pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. He will be 20 years old at the start of next season and will be given a chance to win the shortstop job for the Astros if he is healthy. In all likelihood, he will be in Class AA Corpus Christi next season looking to season a little longer to make up for the at-bats he lost in the second half of this season due to his injury.

3. He is a True Five-Tool Player

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3. He is a True Five-Tool Player

Carlos Correa Five-Tool Player
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His defense is already phenomenal and his bat isn’t far behind. Correa’s range and arm strength at shortstop make him defensively ready for the majors at this point in his career. His power to all sides of the field, while being able to hit for a high average, will make him a superstar. Correa already has the speed to steal 30 bases a season at the major league level.

2. He Keeps Improving

Carlos Correa Keeps Improving
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2. He Keeps Improving

Carlos Correa Keeps Improving
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His numbers have risen every year he has played professionally. Last year at Class A Quad Cities, Correa hit nine home runs, scored 73 runs, drove in 86 and stole 10 bases in 519 plate appearances. In half as many plate appearances this season due to the leg injury, he was on pace to double almost every category with six home runs, 50 runs scored, 57 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He is going to put up monster seasons when he peaks.

1. In his Prime, He Will be an MVP Candidate Every Season

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1. In his Prime, He Will be an MVP Candidate Every Season

Carlos Correa MVP
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Correa is going to be the best player on the Astros for a long time. He will be averaging .315 -.340, hitting 30-plus home runs, driving in 100 or more runs and stealing more than 20 bases a season when he reaches his ceiling, which is one of the highest in baseball. Correa will be a household name within a few short seasons at the major league level. Astros fans will have a star to root for in the very near future.

Lucas Davis is a Houston Astros writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @LDinthe260, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google network.

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