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Although he wasn't the consensus projected No. 1 overall draft pick of this past year's draft, the Astros felt Correa had enough upside to be worthy of the top overall selection. In just 204 plate appearances in two Rookie League stops last year, he hit .258 with three home runs and 12 RBIs and also stole six bags. By looking at his large, physical build (6-foot-4, 190 pounds), you wouldn't automatically guess he's only 18 years old. He'll likely fill out more as he ages, which is why some evaluators (BaseballInstinct.com) feel Correa is eventually destined for a position switch, most likely to the hot corner.
Correa's swing is fundamentally sound for his age, and his raw power skills make him a candidate to become an above average home run hitter, especially as he adds strength. Baseball Prospect Nation notes, however, that because of his large and big frame at a young age, his swing and stride can become long, which is something he'll have to refine if he's to advance through the upper minor league levels and on into the bigs. He possesses above-average range at shortstop and is fundamentally sound at the position. His length and projected growth won't do him any favors down the road in terms of speed numbers, though.
The upside is clearly present with this Puerto Rican prospect, and he projects to hit for a high average with plenty of round-trippers. If he can remain at shortstop - his soft hands, first-step quickness and aggressiveness at the position say he can - he'll be even more valuable in fantasy circles with the skills he can contribute. If he can tidy up some minor holes in his swing over the next few seasons down on Houston's farm, we could see him as soon as 2016. It's safe to say the 'Stros could use some infield talent like this.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program. Follow @keithdez27
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