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Astros select shortstop Carlos Correa first overall

Jun 4, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

Carlos Correa

The Astros shocked everyone Monday night, selecting Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa with the first overall pick in the MLB draft.

It was widely anticipated that the Astros would take Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, who certainly could have made an impact much sooner than the 17-year-old Correa. The Astros went with potential, though. Correa’s stock has climbed of late, and it didn’t sound as though he’d make it out of the top five.

Correa is already 6-foot-4 and offers excellent power potential for a middle infield. The question is whether he’ll be able to stay at shortstop as he continues to fill out. Scouts believe he’s a legitimate shortstop as is, but if he puts on 20 pounds over the next few years and loses a step, he might have to move to third base.

Given that the Astros are hardly one pitcher away from contention, it made sense for them to swing for the fences here. Correa is likely at least four years away from contributing, but scouts are largely in agreement that he has one of the two or three greatest upsides in the draft.

(We’ll be recapping the rest of the first round as the picks come in. Check back for links here or head over to the HBT mainpage for updates.)

Picks 2-5: Twins take Buxton, Mariners select Zunino               .

Picks 6-10: Pirates halt Mark Appel’s free-fall                              .

Picks 11-15: A’s, Mets select high school shortstops                .

Picks 16-20: Nationals roll the dice on RHP Giolito                .

Picks 21-31: Blue Jays add potential 2012 callup Stroman

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    I am wondering what Aaron really thinks about the Twins selecting Buxton?

  2. electstat - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    “shocked everyone”…wow…jumping to conclusions much? Correa was one of three players anticipated to be selected first.

  3. blazertop - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Draft picks in MLB are total guesswork. Can’t judge this for 3-4 years. Thanks for ruining a decent team Drayton.

    • stex52 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      You said it. I wish he had sold the team after 2006. Now we have Springer as a three year prospect and DeShields and Correa as long term projects.

  4. sasquash20 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    I think this kid has a higher upside then anyone else, when you consider that he is either going to play SS or 3RD. OF is easier to come by, and none of the pitchers are locks. Appel to me was the wrong guy. He had a terrific season but 2 years prior weren’t that impressive, not to be number 1 over all.

  5. mjay424 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    I believe the Astros made the better long-term choice if it came down to Appel and Correa. It was a gutsy decision and one that winners make.

    Colorado Rockies Prospects Report

  6. hittfamily - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Large highschool SS with high upside, but may not be able to stay at the position.

    Jeter/Arod 20 years ago
    Bush/Beckham 5 years ago

    Hope it works out, but lately it hasn’t.

  7. thekingdave - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    I can’t stand seeing Matt Bush as a measuring stick for #1 picks. It was a complete shock when it happened, drafted solely due to signability.

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