In last night’s Major League Baseball’s Amateur Draft the Houston Astros selected shortstop Carlos Correa of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy and High School with the first overall pick.
Many experts expected the Astros to pick Stanford right-hander Mark Appel; however the Astros were very impressed with the personal workout it had with Correa last month. After being selected number one mlb.com spoke with the shortstop. “It means a lot to me. It’s history, man,” Correa said. “I’m the first Puerto Rican to be selected with the first pick. I just feel happy. I’m only 17 years old, but I’ve just worked hard and my father was always there with me, helping me out and throwing with me every day. ... All the sacrifices pay off.” Many people in the organization raved about Correa’s ability on the field. According to mlb.com, fellow Puerto Rican Major Leaguers were thrilled. Correa told MLB Network he had heard from countrymen Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina, who are in Houston preparing for the Cardinals’ series against the Astros.
“It’s very exciting for the land of Puerto Rico,” said former Major League catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who was representing the Texas Rangers at the Draft in Secaucus, N.J. “I’ve been receiving a lot of texts from friends in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is very excited right now to see Carlos being a first-round pick. I’m very happy for him. He has lots of time and has a tremendous future in front of him. I wish him the best.”
The Astros showed that they are not afraid to wait for a player to develop. They are confident in the organization’s ability to develop raw talent and not rush them to the big league team. Many baseball insider feel that Correa will outgrow shortstop very quickly, but will be able to make a quick and smooth transition to third.
Written by HS News Sports Writer: Tim Horodyski