Carlos Correa has been awarded the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year Award. The Number one pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, Correa slashed .279/.345/.512 with 22 home runs, 22 doubles and 68 RBIs in 99 games played in 2015. Correa also swiped 14 bags and scored 52 runs. To put what he has done in context, the average MLB shortstop in 2015 slashed .260/.308/.380.
After being named a top-four prospect in both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, Correa made his major league debut on June 8 after playing in just 282 minor-league games. The 21-year old had immediate success going 5-for-16 with a pair of long balls in his first four games.
Over the remainder of the regular season, Correa was a force in the Astros lineup, helping them improve by 16 wins over the 2014 season and helping them reach the playoffs for the first time since ’05.
Correa finished higher than any AL rookie in slugging, and OPS. He also had a wide margin of victory over AL rookies in home runs, walks and RBIs.
Correa also batted .284/.342/.569 with runners in scoring position, and with runners on base he put up a slash line of .293/.359/.569. The 2015 Rookie of the Year owned a 4.1 WAR in 2015 which ranked 41st in all of baseball.
Defensively, Correa was very capable, drawing comparisons of a young Alex Rodriguez. He had a .967 fielding percentage, committing only 13 errors in 99 games.
All in all, the Astros tallied 4.2 runs a game before Correa was added to their everyday lineup. When he was, they averaged 4.7 runs per game, a pretty large leap forward. Correa is well deserving of this years AL Rookie of the Year.