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Major Changes Between June 4 and August 4

Aug 2, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) signs autographs before the Astros play the Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Basically by June 4th, Astros fans still hadn’t seen Carlos Correa play a game for Houston. We all bought into the minor league hype, but never expected the show that we have received over the past two months. Correa has been a historic American League shortstop, seemingly putting the whole team on his back in some games.

He’s the AL Rookie of the Year frontrunner, and almost snuck himself into the 2015 All Star Game. Correa has a .291 batting average with 14 home runs and 36 RBI, already leading the AL in home runs by a shortstop. And oh by the way, he’s pretty darn good at fielding a baseball.

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As great of an impact as Correa has had on this Astros team, he hasn’t been the only guy to come up and make a name for himself recently. Preston Tucker showed that he belongs in the big leagues by posting a very solid July at the plate and Velasquez displayed his quality stuff in Houston for a few weeks.

Of course, some big trades were made as well. The acquisitions of Carlos Gomez, Scott Kazmir, and Mike Fiers have gone well so far, with the exception of Fiers who still has yet to make his first start for the Astros.

The additions of Correa and Kazmir definitely made a huge difference the last few weeks and only time will tell how the trade with Milwaukee pans out. I like the trade thus far, but Gomez needs a larger sample size. Oh, one more addition. Jed Lowrie finally returned from the DL about a week ago and made an immediate impact on this team.

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