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1st Pick in the 2012 MLB Draft is…

Posted By Moses Molina On Jun 4 2012 @ 8:50 pm In Houston Astros | 2 Comments

Carlos Correa, the 17 year old phenom from Puerto Rico, shortstop.  The pick had quite a bit of people in shock after many suspected Appel of Stanford (born in Houston, Texas) was the guy to be chosen first overall.  Correa though is a solid looking young player with much upside.  He is six foot four inches tall and weighs between one hundred and ninety pounds, to two hundred pounds.  He runs well, more of a contact hitter but will hit for power too, and has an above average arm as he has been clocked throwing 97mph across the diamond.  He is committed to play college ball for the Miami Hurricanes but extremely unlikely he’ll go there now.  Astros’ sources say he is due for a $7.2 million dollar signing bonus, pending they agree to terms.

Quotes:  “I feel so excited to be the No. 1 pick,” said Correa, who attended the Draft at MLB Network’s studios in Secaucus, N.J. “I just worked hard to be here, and right now, we are doing a great job and I feel proud to be here and excited.”

“We really felt like Carlos has the chance to be an impact player in Houston for a very long time,” Luhnow (Astros GM) said on MLB Network after the pick.  “Getting a young player like this who could turn into a superstar was really our main priority.”

My thoughts:  I personally felt Buxton out of Georgia (high school outfielder) was my favorite player in the draft, along with Gausman (RHP) of LSU.  I feel like both of those men will become superstars, but with that being said Correa is a great pick still.  Look for him to evolve and become a great player for Houston for years to come.

For more information on Carlos Correa or the 2012 MLB draft log onto MLB.com

Carlos Correa Player Evaluation according to Perfect Game:  www.perfectgame.org/players/playerprofile.aspx?ID=279388

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