Astros Spotlight: Carlos Correa
There are so many storylines on this 2017 Astros baseball team. One of the most important dates tied to this year’s success is June 4, 2012. You might be asking, “Why is that so important now?”
I have two words for you. Carlos Correa. Enough said.
That was the date Correa was taken number one overall in the baseball draft. The kid from Ponce, Puerto Rico just had a dream come true. He was projected as a fast track prospect with a high ceiling and the scouts have been right on. Not only is he among the best shortstops in the big leagues, he is an All-Star who will only get better with age.
It’s playoff time again in baseball and Correa is happy to be back after experiencing the postseason in his rookie season of 2015 when the Astros fell to the Royals.
Now Correa has nearly three full seasons under his belt after being called up for good in June 2015. This season, mainly in the cleanup hole in A.J. Hinch’s lineup, has been very productive. He hit .315 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs during the regular season and this postseason Correa is hitting .295 with three home runs and nine RBIs.
He plans to pad those stats when the Astros take on the Dodgers in the World Series that opens in Los Angeles for Game 1 and Game 2.
Correa, who stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 215 pounds, has a great glove as well handing the shortstop duties for the Astros right next to his battery mate in the middle infield, Jose Aluve. Together they have become among the top three double play tandems in baseball and fans hope that will not change for many years to come.
Correa, who turned 23 in September, believes this Astros team can go down as the best in team history.
“I love playing with these guys,” Correa said at the start of the ALCS. “In a long season it’s easy to not want to come to the park every day but all of us in here do and we all love this game so much and we want to win a championship for this city.”
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