Astros: Comparing Carlos Correa’s Rookie Season with Jeff Bagwell’s

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First Difference

Sep 30, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) stands in the on deck circle before an at bat against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning at Safeco Field. Houston defeated Seattle, 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The road they took to make their Astros’ debut

One way the two player’s rookie years differ are the path they took in making their debut with the Astros. Bagwell was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1989 in the fourth round of the MLB Draft out of the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Bagwell spent very little time in the minors, topping Double-A New Britain before one of the most lopsided trade deadline deal in the history of the MLB brought Bagwell to Houston for Larry Anderson in 1990. Bagwell did not make an appearance in the Astros minor leagues, debuting the following season at the age of 22-years-old. Bagwell spent two years in the minors, was the opening day starter in 1991.

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Correa, on the other hand, was drafted by the Houston Astros with the number one overall pick in 2012. Correa was drafted out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy by the Astros. Drafting Correa came as a surprise to most people at the time over Byron Buxton but now looks like a great move. I interviewed Astros scout Joey Sola who had a hand in scouting Correa back in 2012; you can read it here. The Astros took it slow with Correa as they tried to stall his free-agency clock. Correa stayed in the minors for four years, made his debut in June of 2015.

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