Mar 5, 2014; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (84) tags out Detroit Tigers left fielder Trevor Crowe (63) on a stolen base attempt during the third inning at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
#1 Astros Prospect: Carlos Correa
ETA – 2016
Perennial All-Star shortstop
When Correa makes it to the major leagues, he will likely be among the top shortstops in the game. In some dynasty rankings, they have Correa as the seventh-best shortstop before he’s even played one game in the big leagues. Reports are that he has a quick bat and short swing, so he should not have the large amount of strikeouts that Jon Singleton, George Springer, and Domingo Santana have accumulated.
There is talk that he will be moved to 3rd base at some point because of his height. In 2016, he will probably rank as the 9th best shortstop, but after his rookie season, I see him being first or second round draft material. I see his rookie year to be similar to Ian Desmond‘s first full year, maybe a few more home runs and runs batted in.
0.270/10 Hrs/65 RBI’s/17 SB’s
According to Prospect 361.com, Correa’s “Fantasy Impact: Carlos Correa has the tools to be a perennial first round fantasy draft pick. The ceiling is a 20 HR/20 SB player, batting third in a very good Astros lineup. With his quickly maturing approach at the plate, a .300/.370/.500 player is not out of the question.”
Ceiling: Troy Tulowiski (with more steals)
Floor: Ian Desmond
All of these players could do better or worse than my projections and comparisons, but that’s the fun thing about prospects. You are welcome to make your own suggestions.