New Arrival: Carlos Correa, ss, Houston Astros

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Carlos Correa 2016 Topps Stadium Club

Next to Francisco Lindor, Correa is my favorite shortstop in the game.

Coming up through the Houston system he was the teams prized prospect. In four minor league seasons he hit .313/.392/.491 and was consistently in everyone’s Top 10 MiLB prospect lists–topping out as Baseball America’s #4 prospect in all of baseball in 2015.

He made the majors in 2015, and hit just like everyone thought he would. Over 387 at bats he slashed .279/.345/.512 with 22 HR, winning the NL ROY.

He was not quite as good this season…but close. Over 660 at bats he went .274/.361/.811 with 20 HR. He stuck out a lot too–139 times. I am a little surprised that he did not hit 30 HR, but he was having to deal with a full season of MLB pitchers with the tools and smarts to exploit the scouting reports they surely had on him. Still, a 20 HR season for a NL shortsop is nothing to sneeze at.

Also, looking at his splits…he had a rough May, with a .726 OPS and .239 average. That made up 113 at bats. He bounced back nicely in June (.303 AVG, 1.024 OPS), and never really scrapped as bad in any other month. He also struggled against lefties (.236 AVG vs. .287 against righties).

Correa is 22, and had a great season. There is no reason to think that he wont adapt and improve his game moving forward.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
2012 17 HOU-min FgW,Rk 73 239 3 12 7 2 14 59 .247 .291 .368 .660
2013 18 HOU-min A 117 450 9 86 10 10 58 83 .320 .405 .467 .872
2014 19 HOU-min A+ 62 249 6 57 20 4 36 45 .325 .416 .510 .926
2015 20 HOU-min AA,AAA 53 215 10 44 18 1 27 39 .335 .407 .600 1.007
2015 20 HOU AL 99 387 22 68 14 4 40 78 .279 .345 .512 .857 135 MVP-24,RoY-1
2016 21 HOU AL 153 577 20 96 13 3 75 139 .274 .361 .451 .811 123
2 Yrs 252 964 42 164 27 7 115 217 .276 .354 .475 .829 128
162 Game Avg. 162 620 27 105 17 5 74 140 .276 .354 .475 .829 128
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/16/2016.
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