Looks like the unexpected first overall pick is finally paying off!
It started on June 4th of 2012. A young man from Houston, Texas had the major league scouts at a awe, and the Houston Astros were on the clock. With the first pick in the 2012 MLB draft the Houston Astros shocked the world by selecting Carlos Correa. The young man from Ponce, Puerto Rico, was not expected to be selected with the first overall pick or even with a top 10 selection in the opionon of may baseball writers, most thought it would be the Houston native Mark Appel, who ended up dropping to the Pittsburg Pirates.
Fast forward three years, and four days, to June 8th of 2015. The coveted Mark Appel did not select to sign with Pittsburgh, and was now a part of the farm system of his hometown Houston Astros, but that wasn’t the news buzzing around the city. The city of Houston was going to get their first glimpse of the 2012, 1st overall pick, Carlos Correa. For the early part of 2015, Correa had been doing an amazing job playing for both Fresno and Corpus Christi (the Houston Astro’s MiLB affiliates), but now it was time to step up to bat in the big leagues. After going 0-1 in his first at bat versus the Chicago White Sox, Correa would get his first hit in a reviewed play, and from that moment on, Houston knew they had something special.
Carlos Correa has been a great asset to the Astros organization so far, racking up 37 hits, 7 home runs, 19 RBI’s, and 5 stolen bases in his first 32 games. With MLB at the All-Star break, one can only think of how many future All-Star Games Correa will be a part of in the future. This young man, along with the rest of the Astros’ young core of talented players has given the city hope and something to celebrate about at Minute Maid Park, after a near decade long rebuild and struggle. The Astros are currently only half a game out of first place in their division, and with another half of baseball left to play, you can expect this team to make a run at the division title and the playoffs.
It is such a great feeling to see the city rejoice and get behind the team that has called Houston home longer than any other of its sports team in the city. After being a bottom dweller the last handful of years, things are only looking up for this franchise, and their new franchise player. I urge Houstonians to take part in going to an Astros game this season, and in seasons to come. The team deserves the support, and so do the players that go out every game and represent the City of Houston. Get out to the games early, go get some autographs, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get a ball signed by someone who is sure to be a future star in this league, Carlos Correa.