The Houston Astros have been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this year. For once in what seems like forever, they are playing some pretty good baseball. They’ve been in first place in the AL West division for sometime now although their lead has now shrunk to only 3.5 games over the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers aren’t too far behind either. They are in a bit of slide right now as they’ve lost four straight and are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays. They are determined to show that their success is not a fluke and they’re for real this year. In order to keep their run going, they have promoted shortstop Carlos Correa to the big leagues, per reports.
The former No. 1 pick of the 2012 draft, he has shot up quickly through the minor leagues of the Astros organization. He was the top prospect of the organization heading into the year and one of the top prospects in all of baseball. He began the year in AA and quickly got promoted to AAA just a few weeks ago. Now here we are a few weeks later and he is finally getting the call to the majors. On the year, he batted a scorching .332/.402/.602 line across 52 games between AA and AAA combined. The Astros feel like he is ready to come up and be an instant contributor to the team both offensively and defensively. He also provide some speed on the base paths as he has swiped 58 bags over the course of his brief minor league career.
He will instantly become the everyday shortstop for the Astros, thus supplanting both Jonathan Villar and Marwin Gonzalez. On the year. those two have combine to produce -0.2 fWAR. That clearly is not good enough for an Astros team that has high aspirations for this season. They believe Correa will help them in their quest to continue to reign in first in the AL West and clinch a postseason berth. He will join the team immediately for a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago that begins tomorrow.
Written by: Daniel Sherriff