That headline certainly got your attention, didn’t it. And it is all because of you, the dedicated Astros fan.
Carlos Correa (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)
So give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it. Well the fans are not the only ones who deserve the credit. Jeff Luhnow and company are also responsible for this. But let’s really give credit where credit is due. Carlos Correa is a future star, and he is certainly performing like one in his first full season in professional baseball.
As part of the All-Star festivities taking place in New York later this month, the MLB Futures game will be played at Citi Field. The game highlights top prospects from each team. George Springer and Delino DeShields were selected to represent the Astros. Both players are certainly deserving of the honor.
There was also a fan balloting to fill the final roster spot for each team and Correa was one of the candidates selected for the World Team.
That is when the entire Astros organization and fan base sprung into action. It was truly a group effort from Houston all of the way down to Correa’s Quad Cities team. Luhnow and many others in the organization led a publicity campaign to get Correa elected. And it worked. Correa will now be joining Springer and DeShields at Citi Field representing the Astros organization.
While the fans certainly did their part in getting Correa chosen to be on the World squad for the Futures game, you can’t make the argument that the shortstop does not deserve it. In fact last year’s first round pick so far has certainly at a minimum fulfilled if not exceeded expectations.
Through 65 games, Correa is hitting .323 with 5 home runs while scoring 48 runs and driving in 47 runs. You can’t get much better than that.
However, it is still important to remember how young and inexperienced Correa is as he is still only 18 years old and playing in A ball. That also makes it that much more remarkable that Correa was just elected to represent the Astros in the Futures Game. And it is another reason why Astros’ fans should be excited about the future.