Carlos Correa Scouting Report

Carlos Correa Scouting Report

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Carlos Correa Scouting Report

The Astros shortstop of the future, Carlos Correa has everyone in the Houston franchise extremely excited after the Astros famously passed on Derek Jeter in the 1992 draft. Despite a broken fibula in the middle of the 2014 season, Correa has an extremely promising future and promises to be a mainstay of the Astros coming charge as a power in the already stacked AL West. With an OPS of .926 and 20 stolen bases in only 62 games at Advanced A, many scouts project Correa to be in the Astros stCarlos Correa Scouting Reportarting lineup as soon as 2016, and they expect him to succeed at the major league level as well. He’s been described as a five tool player by some, but he needs to prove his power will hold up at more competitive levels of play; it’s not just his numbers that back this up, but his swing can be long at times when he’s going for a power stroke. The telling statistics for Correa is his WARP numbers over his last year and a half, with him posting a 4.7 in 2013 and a 3.6 over his 2014 half year. This combined with his roughly .316 true average over the same period is indicative of exactly how excited Astros fans should be for his offensive potential

Slick-Fielding Shortstop
What sets Correa apart from many of his fellow minor league shortstops is his inherent defensive ability, scouts describe him as having a natural feel for the shortstop position and for how to handle any ball hit his way; it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that a few gold gloves would come him way over the course of a long major league career.

An interesting exercise for Correa is to speculate on major league comparisons for the budding star, due to the recent influx of young, up and coming infielders. Perhaps the biggest reach of a comparison to make, albeit not an unreasonable one, is a hybrid between Manny Machado and Elvis Andrus. Correa seems like he will have Andrus’ glove and most of his speed, with Machado’s ability to cream the ball. Again, while this may a lofty expectation from the relatively unproven prospect, it is one that he seems on a trajectory to aim for.

Info:
Position: SS
DOB: September 22, 1994
Bats: R, Throws: R
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 205

Rankings:
#1: MLB Top Prospect.com Shortstop
#2: MLB Top Prospects.com list of Top 100 Prospects
#1: Houston Astros prospect by MLB Top Prospect.com
Draft details: Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1st round (1st) of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (Gurabo, PR).
Scouting grades:
On the scouts scale of 20 to 80.
Hit: 60 | Power: 65 | Run: 50 | Arm: 70 | Field: 60 | Overall: 70


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