For the first time since 1992, the Astros had the top pick in the Rule 4 draft. Twenty years ago they selected college power bat Phil Nevin, a 3B from Cal State Fullerton over a toolsy high school shortstop from Kalamazoo, Michigan named Derek Jeter. Tonight, the Astros had to choose between a few toolsy high school players and a college arm. They didn’t pass up on the high school shortstop this time as they selected Puerto Rico native Carlos Correa with the first overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Carlos Correa was in Houston a few weeks back and reportedly “Wowed” the Astros. Sure, this is said a lot about prospects when they work out with the team selecting first overall but it seems to be true in this case. He is 6’4, 190 lbs and still has a ton of room to grow. Early comparisons for him are Troy Tulowitzki and Alex Rodriguez. He plays good defense and has a power bat. A true five tool player. He may end up moving over to 3B if he fills out more. He has the strength and bat speed that project him to hit for power at the MLB level. Grabbing a five tool player like Correa with the top pick is an excellent move. This also tells me that any trades involving Wandy Rodriguez and/or Brett Myers will likely bring back pitching prospects.
Welcome to Houston, Carlos Correa!! Astros fans can give him a follow on twitter here @carloscorrea225