Draft To The Show - Top 15 in 15 - Houston


01Carlos CorreaSSR/R09-22-1994
Correa was enjoying a sensational second full professional season in Lancaster, posting a .926 OPS with 22 extra base hits and 20 stolen bases, but a broken fibula brought an end to his 2014 campaign. Still, the 2012 first overall pick is expected to come back strong this spring, and has established himself as the best middle infield prospect in all of baseball.
It’s important to keep in mind that Correa was one of the younger prospects in the 2012 class, and that’s one of the reasons why what he’s done at such a young age is impressive. His swing has excellent balance with very little wasted movement, and though he still is adding strength, his bat speed and natural loft are enough to project plus — maybe plus-plus — power at whatever position he ends up at (more on that later). The hit tool isn’t far behind, as Correa has excellent bat-to-barrel skills, and he’ll shoot line drives to every part of the ball park. And while he’s not a speed demon, he is an asset on the bases because of his quality instincts and ability to get quality jumps off of pitchers.
The “question” with Correa — if there is one — is just where Correa ends up defensively, but I believe he can play shortstop, and I’m not alone. His hands are outstanding, and he puts himself into position to use his cannon of an arm to make the difficult look routine. Is there a chance that he’ll have to move to third when he gets older/slower? Yes, but if that happens it’s not going to be in this decade.
Simply put, Correa is one of the five best prospects in baseball, with the rare combination of high ceiling and floor, and he should become one of the best young shortstops in baseball by the summer of 2016.
HIT: 60
ARM: 65
ETA: 2016


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