Top Performer #2: Carlos Correa
After the month of April, it was apparent that Carlos Correa wasn’t at the pinnacle of his game.
April 2017 statistics: .233/.309/.349, 80 wRC+, .160 ISO, .290 BABIP
The amount of smack talk directed towards Correa online during that first month of the season was a bit unreal. If you are on Twitter long enough, you start seeing statements similar to “overrated” or “not as good as advertised.”
Fast forward the end of May, and the narrative has suddenly flipped.
May 2017 statistics: .386/.457/.673, 206 wRC+, .287 ISO, .410 BABIP
In essence, his April and May were polar opposites in almost every possible way. His improvement, though, is one of the key reasons that the Astros had such a successful month of May.
As long as Correa performs at the level we have witnessed firsthand in his career then the Astros lineup should continue to be one of the best. And there isn’t a reason to not expect such great things from Correa. His track record up until this point has been anything but disappointing. Sure, he may not ever be the clear cut top player that so many desire for him. But if he does, then this May showing could be seen as the starting point.