CORREA OFF TO HOT START AT AAA

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Carlos Correa was recently promoted to AAA Fresno after shredding AA pitching and has landed on his feet at the new level as if nothing has changed. Tonight, in his ninth game at AAA, Correa went 2-for-5 and launched his second homerun while driving in three runs. His batting average now sits at .326.

Just last year, the top overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft was at hiA Lancaster where he was tearing up that league through 62 games before a broken leg sidelined him for the remainder of the year. His batting line at that point was .325/.416/.510 with six homers, 57 RBI, 50 runs scored and 20 stolen bases.

And a big part of what makes Correa MLB.com’s #3 prospect is that he’s every bit as stellar with the glove at shortstop. The 6’4″ Correa is graceful in the field and makes spectacular plays with smooth, fluid movements and strong instincts.

Photo: Steve Cummings/HotStoveHeat.com

Photo: Steve Cummings/HotStoveHeat.com

Correa started 2015 at AA Corpus Christi and showed no ill effects from the leg injury. In 29 games he put up even better numbers than he had in the California League: .385/.459/.726 along with seven homers, 25 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. The glovework was there as well.

Now, Correa is in Fresno and it doesn’t appear that he needs much more minor league seasoning. He’s had multi-hit games in five of his last six outings and has homered in two straight. Tonight’s dinger was off of Barry Zito of the Nashville Sounds. The Astros are off to a flying start this season but a player with Correa’s special skills at the premium position is going to cause speculation of a callup when he tears through the minor leagues at this rate.