Carlos Correa Gets Call To Majors
The Houston Astros have officially promoted shortstop Carlos Correa to the majors as per a team report. The 4th ranked prospect in baseball will make his debut on Monday versus the Chicago White Sox. Correa who won’t turn 21 until September will be the youngest player in the majors when he takes the field tomorrow.
General Manager Jeff Luhnow spoke about the promotion. “Carlos has performed extremely well at every level of our Minor League system,” we feel he has earned this promotion and look forward to him joining our ballclub. Since he is just 20 years old, we do not have unrealistic expectations of Carlos. However, his performance on the field and his maturity indicate that he is ready to contribute on the Major League level.”
Correa has split time between Double A and Triple A spending the last 23 games with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League. Correa’s production hit somewhat of a hiccup recently as the uber prospect was only batting .266 with a .336 OBP and .447 SLG with 3 home runs in 107 plate appearances with the Grizzlies. Prior to that he was tearing up Double A batting .385 with 7 homers in 29 contests.
Perhaps this defensive blunder versus the Toronto Blue Jays by Villar in the 9th inning of today’s walk-off loss was the straw that broke the proverbial camels back and prompted the promotion. The Astros are also on somewhat of a slide of late, losing their last 4 and succumbing to a sweep of the Blue Jays north of the border.
Correa will join a talented list of home-grown talent that are producing at the MLB level for the 1st place Astros. The upstart Houston team are 3.5 games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the AL West boasting an impressive 34-24 record.
The former 1st overall pick in the 2012 draft is hopeful his career .313/.392/.491 line in the minors will play out the same in the Lone Star State with the big club.