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Birth Date9-22-1994
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
Age23 years, 11 months, 30 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2014
2.62015
5.12016
4.62017
3.02018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2015 HOU 20 99 432 387 52 108 22 1 22 198 40 78 1 4 0 68 14 4 .279 .345 .512 .295 32.1 -7.4 2.6
2016 HOU 21 153 660 577 76 158 36 3 20 260 75 139 5 3 0 96 13 3 .274 .361 .451 .297 53.7 -4.5 5.1
2017 HOU 22 109 481 422 82 133 25 1 24 232 53 92 2 4 0 84 2 1 .315 .391 .550 .320 47.4 -1.4 4.6
2018 HOU 23 107 455 390 59 93 19 1 14 156 52 106 2 11 0 62 3 0 .238 .323 .400 .262 20.4 6.5 2.8
Career4682028177626949210268084622041510220310328.277.356.476.294153.5-6.715.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2012 AST Rk 39 163 .234 .254 .319 .358 .253 .291 95 -5 5.0 1.9 4.2 1.9 3.9 0.8 3.9 0.8
2012 GRV Rk 11 41 .366 .251 .311 .374 .248 .462 103 5 1.3 0.6 0.0 1.4 8.3 0.8 8.3 0.8
2012 CAR Wnt 23 52 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 QUD A 117 519 .314 .257 .328 .378 .260 .375 104 29.6 14.6 6.5 -4.2 -2.3 48.3 4.6 48.3 4.6
2014 LNC A+ 62 293 .319 .271 .336 .424 .274 .373 103 17.6 8.0 3.2 5.1 0.7 29.6 3.5 29.6 3.5
2015 HOU MLB 99 432 .295 .254 .316 .404 .260 .296 103 14.6 11.7 5.4 -7.4 0.4 32.1 2.6 32.1 2.6
2015 CCH AA 29 133 .387 .257 .335 .380 .259 .447 110 17.1 3.6 1.5 4.5 0.0 22.2 2.9 22.2 2.9
2015 FRE AAA 24 113 .281 .270 .334 .410 .263 .286 110 2.5 3.1 1.4 -4.8 -2.3 4.8 -0.0 4.8 -0.0
2016 HOU MLB 153 660 .297 .259 .324 .424 .262 .328 100 24.6 18.7 8.6 -4.5 1.8 53.7 5.1 53.7 5.1
2017 HOU MLB 109 481 .320 .253 .319 .426 .258 .352 104 30.1 14.0 6.3 -1.4 -3.0 47.4 4.6 47.4 4.6
2017 CCH AA 2 10 .249 .268 .336 .387 .264 .333 100 -0.1 0.3 0.1 -0.5 0.5 0.8 0.0 0.8 0.0
2017 FRE AAA 4 16 .228 .235 .298 .369 .239 .364 105 -0.6 0.5 0.1 -0.2 0.1 0.0 -0.0 0.0 -0.0
2018 HOU MLB 107 455 .262 .250 .317 .417 .263 .281 96 0.9 12.7 5.9 6.5 0.8 20.4 2.8 20.4 2.8
2018 CCH AA 5 18 .222 .252 .329 .399 .259 .200 107 -0.7 0.5 0.1 -0.3 -1.0 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 AST Rk 163 23 36 11 1 2 9 7 36 5 1 .232 .270 .355 .123 .234 3.9 4.2 0.8
2012 CAR Wnt 52 3 10 2 0 0 0 2 15 1 1 .204 .235 .245 .041 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 GRV Rk 41 5 13 3 1 1 3 5 8 1 0 .371 .450 .600 .229 .366 8.3 0.0 0.8
2013 QUD A 519 73 144 33 3 9 86 58 83 10 10 .320 .405 .467 .147 .314 48.3 -4.2 4.6
2014 LNC A+ 293 50 81 16 6 6 57 36 45 20 4 .325 .416 .510 .185 .319 29.6 5.1 3.5
2015 CCH AA 133 25 45 15 2 7 32 15 25 15 0 .385 .459 .726 .342 .387 22.2 4.5 2.9
2015 HOU MLB 432 52 108 22 1 22 68 40 78 14 4 .279 .345 .512 .233 .295 32.1 -7.4 2.6
2015 FRE AAA 113 19 27 6 1 3 12 12 14 3 1 .276 .345 .449 .173 .281 4.8 -4.8 -0.0
2016 HOU MLB 660 76 158 36 3 20 96 75 139 13 3 .274 .361 .451 .177 .297 53.7 -4.5 5.1
2017 HOU MLB 481 82 133 25 1 24 84 53 92 2 1 .315 .391 .550 .235 .320 47.4 -1.4 4.6
2017 FRE AAA 16 1 4 0 0 0 4 1 4 0 0 .286 .312 .286 .000 .228 0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2017 CCH AA 10 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .100 .249 0.8 -0.5 0.0
2018 CCH AA 18 1 3 1 0 1 2 2 5 0 0 .188 .278 .438 .250 .222 -1.1 -0.3 -0.1
2018 HOU MLB 455 59 93 19 1 14 62 52 106 3 0 .238 .323 .400 .162 .262 20.4 6.5 2.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2015 1783 0.4425 0.4481 0.7960 0.6122 0.3179 0.8799 0.6677 0.2040 835 -0.004302
2016 2623 0.4483 0.4476 0.7572 0.6216 0.3062 0.8304 0.6366 0.2428 0 0.000000
2017 1904 0.4496 0.4175 0.7849 0.6180 0.2538 0.8715 0.6128 0.2151 0 0.000000
2018 1850 0.4400 0.4178 0.7620 0.6020 0.2732 0.8673 0.5795 0.2380 0 0.000000
Career81600.44550.43390.77320.61430.2890.85920.62490.2268182.4516-0.0009

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-22 - Minors - - - Ankle Surgery Fibula Fracture Sliding -
2014-03-20 2014-03-28 Camp 8 0 Left Hand Contusion Batted Ball - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 HOU $1,000,000
2017 HOU $535,000
2016 HOU $516,700
2015 HOU $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,051,700
2018Current$1,000,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$2,051,700
3 yrTotal$2,051,700

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 119 dGreg Genske1 year/$1M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2018). Renewed by Houston 3/17 (split contract, $0.2675M in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.535M (2017). Renewed by Houston 3/2/17.
  • 1 year/$0.5167M (2016). Renewed by Houston 3/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Contract selected by Houston 6/8/15.
  • Drafted by Houston 2012 (1-1) (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.). $4.8M signing bonus ($7.2M slot amount).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .248 .344 .436 .286
11 vs R (Multi) .285 .362 .477 .300
18 Split (Multi) .038 .017 .042 .014
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .236 .345 .385 .277
31 vs R (2016) .287 .366 .473 .304
38 Split (2016) .050 .021 .088 .027
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-02-28 20:00:00 (link to chat)If everything breaks right, could we be talking about Wander Javier in the same breath as Carlos Correa in 3-5 years?
(Dusty from Colorado)
Ah, my very first Dusty question! And nah, he won't be that good. Would need to make SERIOUS strides in the power department to get to Correa level. I do like his plate discipline though. He should continue slowly climbing up lists. (Eddy Almaguer)
2018-02-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)I really enjoy your work at Friends with Fantasy Benefits and Bat Flips and Nerds! Why are people taking Carlos Correa over Francisco Lindor? What am I missing.
(Art Vandelay from NY)
How is the import/export business? Correa is a 23-year-old who hit .315 and probably would have had a similar home run total to Lindor if he hadn't been hurt. Lindor has defied everyone's expectations of his offensive ability, particularly on the power front, whereas Correa was always expected to be a stud offensively. It's possible Lindor just keeps doing this and his speed makes him the better fantasy option, but there's a strong possibility that Correa outstrips him in the other four categories this year and finishes ahead. (Darius Austin)
2017-08-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)good day mark...... With the torrid ascent of Robert Acuna, who at the mlb level would be a favourable comp?
(easterbrook from ontario canada)
Oh man Acuna has been incredible. He's hitting .328/.400/.560 at Triple-A in 31 games. He's 19. PECTOA has his top two comps as Mike Trout and Carlos Correa, and that was before this season. (Mark Barry)
2017-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Wander Javier the next Carlos Correa?
(Dusty from Colorado)
I Wander what would make you think this? Sorry, sorry, trying to delete. (Also, no, he is not). (Collin Whitchurch)
2017-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good would the Cubs be if they somehow traded Grimm, Montero and Candelario for Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve?
(Aimee from Ankeny)
Hmm. 3-5 wins better? Admittedly, on paper, this lineup would strike fear into the heart of every other fanbase in baseball. Could you imagine Altuve, Correa, Bryant, Rizzo, etc. Eventually though you hit a point where I don't know how much better a team can get. I think I'd be a lot more nervous if we were talking about a hypothetical that inserted a couple of front line starters into their rotation. (Eric Roseberry)
2017-03-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ronald Acuna the next big prospect?
(Dan from ATL )
It would certainly appear that way. I love what I'm hearing and reading about Acuna. The Andruw Jones comps out of spring training have been fun. PECOTA likes him too, his top three comparable players are: Mike Trout, Carlos Correa, and Jurickson Profar. So, um, we like him. (Mark Barry)
2016-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, Thanks for the chat!! I need a sanity check. Rarely do I hear much from the press about Carlos Correa and when I do, it's often mentioned that his season has been mildly disappointing. Last time I looked he was leading MLB shortstops with 89 rbi and he's still only 21. He has 19 homers and 11 steals and plays pretty good defense. How can anyone consider such a season at such an age anything other than spectacular?? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
(Jimmy from Houston)
Easy, Jimmy, easy. Carlos Correa is fine. You are fine. The media needs clicks, and that can test our sanity. Hang in there, and trust that Carlos Correa is an incredible young shortstop that brings joy into the hearts of millions. (Will Haines)
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Rank you top 5 fantasy SS's over the next 3 years.
(Dave from Boston)
1. Corey Seager, 2. Carlos Correa, 3. Xander Bogaerts, 4. Francisco Lindor, 5. Addison Russell. If you started the clock three years from now, or moved the time frame a few years farther out, I'd probably find a way to get Franklin Barreto on that list. I love that dude. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Xander Bogaerts the best shortstop in the AL? In baseball?
(Brian from Tehran)
Oh boy. Well, are we counting Manny Machado? If we are, it's Machado. If we're mentally keeping Machado at third base, then it's between Xander, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor.
Hello there, Cardinals fans! Yes, Aledmys Diaz is going to come back down to Earth, and he's already wonky on defense. Please don't kill me.
Correa isn't as good on defense as you think, but there's clearly a small mountain of potential in his bat and he's already shown that he can wreck shop on offense. Lindor can do everything, and Boegarts is finally hitting like we all thought he could. It's reeeeally close between Lindor and Boegarts, with Correa just behind and likely moving to third base when Alex Bregman decides it's time to throw his hat into the ring. So if it isn't Boegarts, he's just a hair behind.
Unless it's Machado. Then it's Manny by a mile. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Why do you hate Carlos Correa?
(JJ from Cold & Unfeeling Universe)
This is a TDGX question, I know it. Yes, I traded Correa in TDGX this offseason. I'm excited to see what a full season of Correa looks like. I wrote about him here at BP late in the season. Basically he was on pace for a $40 season (if you pro-rate his stats over a full year) after being called up last year. He good. (George Bissell)
2015-10-19 19:00:00 (link to chat)I enjoyed your pre-season rankings, will you do those again before opening day? Ian Desmond was a 5 star SS for you pre-season 2015. How many stars will he get in February and who has passed him? Does his lower BABIP in 2015 factor into your ranking of him? (Oh the Blue Jays are playing baseball now!) Thank you.
(Mark from DC)
Yes, we'll do rankings again next year. I would think that Desmond has to drop down into the three-star tier, which means that a number of players have passed him. Carlos Correa and Brandon Crawford are ahead of him now, and I wouldn't be surprised if Lindor sneaks in there too. Based on last year, this would probably put Desmond on the periphery of the top 10. (Tout Wars Champ Mike Gianella)
2015-10-06 19:30:00 (link to chat)Pick one player on a postseason roster to start a franchise with?
(racastle12 from Indy)
Carlos Correa. He's 21, already a superstar, and projects to just get better. I hesitate to start a franchise with a pitcher, but Marcus Stroman is exciting, young, and really good. --KM


Correa. He's already one of the premier players in the league, and he plays at a premium position. --KD

I would like to pick someone other than Correa, just to make this interesting, but there is enough of an age gap with McCutchen and pitchers break.--JP (AL Wild Card Game Chat)
2015-10-06 19:30:00 (link to chat)You guys are spot on about Correa. I find it unimaginable that some "experts" are giving their Rookie of the Year vote to Lindor. While he is a nice player, and where he found the power is a mystery, Correa carried a playoff team and looks like a young ARod. What a player!
(oldbopper from New Britain, CT)
I love Carlos Correa. Saw him at Futures a couple years ago, and at 19 he looked easily the equal of guys like Joc, Buxton, Sano, Yelich, etc. That said, Lindor is an elite defensive SS, and if the power is for real (and there have been reports on him that suggested 45-50 game), that is a crazy great profile.- JP (AL Wild Card Game Chat)
2015-10-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)I watched the Astros/Royals game 4, how did the Astros blow a nearly 95% win expectancy like that?
(Robert from Long Beach, CA)
Sam Miller covered that really well (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=27673) but my short answer is: The Royals are good at hitting, Carlos Correa had to pay at some point for being so good, and, well, they might have been cursed. (Kate Morrison)
2015-10-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)As an Astros fan, what can you tell me to stop me from chugging a fifth of Jack after that game yesterday?
(mshopoff from Houston)
You've got Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve and Dallas Keuchel. Y'all'l be fine. (Kate Morrison)
2015-09-21 20:30:00 (link to chat)We all know Carlos Correa is the best defensive shortstop in the game. But how close or I guess how far behind that title is Addison Russell?
(BC from Urbandale)
We do? Correa is noticeably behind Russell defensively for me, but I'm assuming you meant Francisco Lindor. (Bret Sayre)
2015-09-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the better short and long term prospect Correa or Bryant?
(caseyj15 from Medford, OR)
Not a bad choice here. And I mean that in the sense that they're both cornerstone guys for me. BUT I really didn't have to think about it too hard before saying Correa. I'm always looking long term/future grades when I evaluate, but Bryant has been a smidgen better hitter so far and one of the guys is a shortstop. So that kind of settles short term for me, too. I don't know what Carlos Correa doesn't do at a spectacular level on a baseball field. Game is way, way too easy for that dude. (Al Skorupa)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospect (promoted during 2015 season) has surprised you the most? Which has been the most disappointing?
(rob from Chicago)
I knew he was good, but I'm amazed that Carlos Correa at such a young age pretty much hasn't missed a beat. I'm not disappointed by him given his age, but from a fantasy perspective I was hoping for a little more from Addison Russell with the bat. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)How soon will Carlos Correa be the best fantasy shortstop in MLB??
(Billy from Houston )
2017 (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would Buxton still be No 1 if eligible? Injured again, time to worry about his ability to stay healthy?
(Steve from Grand Rapids)
Yes, he almost certainly would have still been number one, though as long as we're engaging in hypotheticals, if Carlos Correa had also still been eligible I would have yelled and screamed for him to surpass him (probably to no avail). It may be time to have some concern about his ability to stay on the field just because it continues to happen, but being "injury-prone" has a way of disappearing and being forgotten once a guy is healthy for a few years in a row. Don't worry too much...yet. (Jeff Moore)
2015-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts in the same class of SS, skill level wise?
(Wesley from Florida)
Yes. That'd be a worthwhile longer form piece to explore, but the short chat-length answer is that these are two of the best young shortstops in baseball. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Carlos Correa has gotten off to an unbelievable start. Is he really this good??
(Tommy from Houston)
He'll go through an adjustment period like George Springer did last year, but Correa really is a top-tier talent. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Xander Bogaert vs Carlos Correa, who's the better player in 3 years?
(Peter from Delaware)
Don't make me choose. DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE.

I choose Correa. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)Of the prospects still in the minors who will have the greatest impact upon arrival this year?
(John from CT)
Carlos Correa and Corey Seager who should be up this year. If I had any confidence in the Twins promoting their young guys Sano and Buxton would earn consideration here too. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Mike. When will we get to see Carlos Correa here in Houston?? Any concerns on your part about whether he's being rushed??
(Billy from Houston)
Mid-July, but as we saw with a stud like Addison Russell, the top guys force the timetable. I'm not too concerned. He might not hit a ton right away, but he'll hold his own. I think the Astros know what they're doing on this one. (Mike Gianella)
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my Yahoo league I am building for next year and thereafter. My roster is Russell Martin, Kendrys Morales, Josh Harrison, Brock Holt, Brett Gardner, Dexter Fowler, Gregory Polanco, Coco Crisp, Carlos Ruiz, Travis Snider, Kyle (and Corey) Seager, Jason Heyward, Carlos Correa, Desmond Jennings, Javier Baez, Matt Harvey, Carlos Martinez, Jimmy Nelson, Edinson Volquez, Jonathan Paplebon, Chris Heston, Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Giolito, Julio Urias, Jose Berrios, Matt Cain and Sean Doolittle. 8 keepers allowed. Comments? Suggestions?
(TimLandry from Montreal Quebec Canada)
Keep Matt Harvey eight times. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you compare Carlos Correa to Manny Machado in terms of the power they each have (or had) as a 20 year old? We know Machado is still developing his power in the MLB, do you see the same type of circumstance for Correa or does he have more power now?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
The power is still developing for Correa too, but it's far more advanced than I thought it would be at this point. If there's one player in baseball right now with the potential for plus-plus hit and power tools, it's Correa. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Carlos Correa: June or September debut?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
I would have said neither coming into the season, now, I sort of lean towards a summer call up -- assuming he has no development glitches in Fresno, and he shouldn't have any development glitches at Fresno. Again, the Astros have no need to rush him, but he's pretty darn close to ready. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-05-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance we see Carlos Correa in Houston this year? Thanks, Nick.
(Billy from Houston)
I suppose there's a chance, but not a very good one. I'm not really buying the Astros as legitimate contenders just yet, but with how the other teams in their division look i'm starting to come around. Still, not a great chance he's up this year. (Nick Shlain)
2015-04-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)CJ, Carlos Correa has a great start in AA this year. When do you think we get to see him in Houston?? Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!
(Jimmy from Houston)
I wouldn't be surprised to see Correa in the big leagues soon. I would say probably June but if it is later I wouldn't be surprised either. (CJ Wittmann)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)How has Carlos Correa looked this spring and when can we expect to see him in Houston? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
(Bobby from Houston)
He's a freak. Awesome makeup, too. Whether it's short, third, left field, catcher, doesn't matter. He could probably go out and play. At the plate, plus hit/power potential is certainly feasible, and I wouldn't put it past him. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances Carlos Correa is called up this year and what do you want to see from him this year?
(Greg from Charlotte )
No clue on the call up. It's all front office dictated. I just want to see him be healthy. Kills me that I haven't Correa in person because all the video, notes from other scouts, etc... points to Correa being legit. (Ryan Parker)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)As talk is that Yoan Moncada's future might very well rest at 3B, where would you rank him (I know, I know, there's still too little information about him, but I have to ask anyway) amongst the other current top prospects at the hot corner: Bryant, Seager, Gallo, Sano, Franco, Peterson, Devers, and Dozier?
(Paul from DC)
As you say, it's a little early to make that call that Moncada is a 3B, but I do think off what I've seen it might be more likely than SS. So working from assumption Moncada ends up there (and throwing in Carlos Correa for added fun), I think I'd go 1) Bryant [role 7+]; 2) Carlos Correa [7+] 3) Moncada [7]; 4) Seager [6+]; 5) Gallo [6]; 6) Sano [6]; 7) Peterson [5+]; 8) Franco [5+]; 9) Devers [5+]; Dozier [5]. (Al Skorupa)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jordan, any chance we see Carlos Correa in Houston this year??
(Bobby from Houston)
There was actually some conjecture that he'd have been up if he signed a long-term deal last year. My gut feel is that he'll have to absolutely show out this year to warrant a Sept call up--so that's entirely possible. Houston isn't going to contend this year, so they could just wait until late-April of '16 as well. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-12-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Chris!! What impact, if any, does the Jed Lowrie signing have on the arrival of Carlos Correa?? Any estimate of when we will see him in Houston??
(Jimmy from Houston)
You are welcome, Jimmy! I appreciate all of the interest and great questions from you all!

I don't think any because if a player like Correa is ready to play in the bigs, especially hit, then you find a spot for him in the lineup. It usually ends up working out. Lowrie also hasn't been the most durable of players over the course of his career.

Give me a September call-up for Correa this season. (Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty League with MiLB rosters, obviously....would you give up Lindor, Pederson and Taillon to get Carlos Correa?
(Silverback38 from VA)
The Lord said 'You've got to rise UP!' (Jeff Moore)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is Carlos Correa still the top prospect with 5-skill talents? He seems to drop in some people's eyes.
(Basil from Tejas)
I'm not worried about Correa one bit. The injury could slow him up just enough to push him to 3B, but if he ends up there, he could be a gold glover. He's a fantastic prospect and no one should be allowed to say bad things about him. (Jeff Moore)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)JP Crawford's potential? Number 1 SS prospect in 2016?
(Jon from Philly)
First Division SS. Could be a good one.

Not the number one prospect in 2016, because Addison Russell, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Corey Seager exist (assuming none of them are in the bigs by then, which would be annoying) (Tucker Blair)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you believe, as I do, that Carlos Correa can play his way onto the big league roster in 2015? Why or why not?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
Had he not gotten hurt and finished up the season, I'd be right there with you. As it is, I think it's still a possibility but will depend on his recovery. He should start the year in Double-A, which puts him on the cusp and if he's healthy and gets right back to raking, then sure, get him up there. I wouldn't put anything past Carlos Correa, but I do want to see him healthy and back on the field before I predict that he'll be in the majors by next season. (Jeff Moore)
2014-10-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)Predict the MLB debuts of (1) Lucas Giolito; (2) Carlos Correa; and (3) Carlos Rodon. Also, comment on whose 2015 MLB debut excites you most.
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
Giolito- late 2016/early 2017. Correa- up in the air due to injury, but potential Sept 2015 or early 2016. Rodon- May/June of 2015. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-10 12:00:00 (link to chat)Best SS prospect in 2016?
(Mitch from ATL)
Loaded question.

Assuming that Carlos Correa is still eligible, he is the obvious answer. My sleeper is Adalberto Mondesi. Witt's report is spot-on. I think Mondesi has a ton of growth left, and I have also seen the improvements that Witt talks about in his latest report:
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=170 (Tucker Blair)
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)RJ, Am I riding alone on the "Carlos Correa will be the best prospect in the game" bandwagon?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
I don't think you're alone. Parks and company had Correa up to no. 2 midseason, and that was after the ankle injury. Obviously that might've impacted how some people feel about him over the next year, but if he comes back healthy he'll probably slot in at no. 1 sometime before he reaches the majors. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Riding in the next car on Carlos Correa's bandwagon: is a 2015 late-season appearance possible? The lost year of development hurts, but do the Astros have *anyone* standing in his way?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
I think it depends on how he returns from injury. Also, I'm not sure the Astros have jumped any position player from Double-A to the majors within a year. Springer didn't do it in 2013, Singleton didn't do it, etc. so 2016 might be more likely. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 12 team keeper league. each team gets to keep 7 players for next season. who do you think i should keep from this list: George Springer, Bryce Harper, Chris Sale, Justin Upton, Byron Buxton, Addison Russell, Taijuan Walker, Lucas Giolito, Francisco Lindor, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausmann, Carlos Correa, Miguel Sano, Zach Wheeler. Thanks.
(childgrambino from Richmond, VA)
Harper, Sale, Upton, Walker, Gausman, Wheeler and Springer. 12 team leagues, you keep guys who are contributing. Having this many prospects in this shallow a league is bananas. Drop a bunch. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Craig, thanks for doing this chat. I've got a fantasy trade question for you regarding a dynasty league. Would you trade Jorge Soler, Trevor Bauer, and a 2nd round pick for Starlin Castro? Honestly, I've got no clue what the 2nd round pick will end up being. It's a late 2nd rounder, and it all depends on who Yahoo adds. My team is in a complete rebuild, but SS doesn't look like it'll be filled until Carlos Correa comes up. My other prospects include Seager, but he could move to 3B, and Baez doesn't look like he'll retain SS eligibility. Chris Taylor is also there, not sure he's the answer though. What do you think? Accept or Decline?
(Fred from Vegas)
My pleasure, Fred. Thanks for coming!

I honestly think I might hold on to your side of the deal. I like Castro plenty and Shortstops are hard to come by but I think you can get by with a Chris Taylor, and Soler/Bauer still have plenty of room to grow. I think Soler contributes by early next season (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Carlos Correa see time in the majors next year?
(Henry from Houston)
I think the injury makes 2016 more realistic. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Carlos Correa have .300/.400/.500 25HR potential? How close or far off is that projection?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
Incredibly, that may be within reach. I'd expect something more like .320/.380/.480 but it's all within reach. He could go a number of different directions, but he's a stud. The Astros got that one right, and yes, that may include not taking Byron Buxton. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the best player you have seen this year? One more... Any player blow you away when you were expecting not so much?
(johnwood427 from Chicago)
Carlos Correa blows me away with his physicality and approach. Only seen a few ABs, but he's a stud. Corey Seager was really impressive. Everything just comes so easy to him. Was fine at SS. Could move to 3B long term, but the issue with big guys at SS is bending over. He had no issues doing so. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Carlos Martinez and Oscar Taveras net Giancarlo Stanton?
(Steve from Scarbs from Scarbs)
Well first, let me ask you three questions:

1. Do you think Carlos Martinez and Oscar Taveras are better than Carlos Correa and George Springer?

2. Do you believe the Astros' trade conversation notes, the ones that Deadspin published, that had the Marlins essentially asking for that for Stanton?

3. Do you think that the Marlins were actually willing to make that move, or just blowing off the Astros by saying "that's what we'd start at", knowing the Astros wouldn't touch it?

Personal opinion is that I'd rather have the Correa/Springer package than the Taveras/Martinez package. I don't know the answers to no. 2 and no. 3. I guess my guess is that it wouldn't net Stanton. I'd do it if I were the Cardinals. I don't think the Marlins would. (Sam Miller)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Carlos Correa start the season next year and is there any chance we see him in Houston in 2015?? Thanks for the chat!!
(Billy from Houston )
I can see them starting him out in High A again thanks to the injury. I think the odds are long for him to get to Houston in 2015. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Carlos Correa start the season next year and is there any chance we see him in Houston in 2015?? Thanks for the chat!!
(Billy from Houston )
I can see them starting him out in High A again thanks to the injury. I think the odds are long for him to get to Houston in 2015. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does a lost half season mean to Carlos Correa?
(jeff from Houston)
I actually wrote about this very topic on my site this morning. Essentially all it means is that the Astros won't be able to fast-track him and get him to the majors by next June as a post-super-two call up. They wanted to get him to Double-A soon, but if he misses more than about a month, he won't have enough time there to really rush him along, start him in Triple-A next season and get him in Houston by next June. Long-term though, it doesn't make much difference. He's a stud. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Corey Seager? Any Chance he sticks at SS?
(Sam from ATL)
Seager is a large man. Like, he might be bigger than Carlos Correa. However, I do think there's a 50/50 shot he sticks at SS for 5+ years. He's someone who may jump into the top 15 prospects in the game by the middle of next year. He can flat out rake, the power is coming, and he's fluid in the field. I'm not sure how long he's going to stay there, but I do believe he makes his MLB debut at short. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)You don't have to say who, but anyone on the mid-season top 50 list you strongly disagree with?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Not right now but I'm sure I'll disagree with some omissions rather than guys who made it. Unless Carlos Correa and Corey Seager don't make the cut. (Ron Shah)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul, thanks for doing these chats. Carlos Correa is having a great year so far, but his stats against left handed pitchers needs work. Seems like he struggles against them. Is this something to worry about, or is it just one of those things that he'll get better with age? He's still only 19, so I'm not really concerned, but it's sort of weird how he struggles against them so much. Thanks for listening Paul, and have a good day.
(Oscar from Wisconsin)
I'm not particularly concerned, but I've also never seen him - whether against lefties or righties - so I'd feel uncomfortable trying to definitively comment on the matter (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Carlos Correa is killing it in high A as one of the youngest in the league. Do you expect him to be promoted to AA this year?? Any chance he starts in the majors next spring?
(Billy from Houston)
No chance he starts in the majors next spring, if for no other reason than the Astros have shown they will game the service time requirements. However, if Correa will sign a 10-year, $12 million contract with eight team options, he can come up right now. (Matthew Kory)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Carlos Correa looks ready for the majors today, but I realize he's a ways off. Does he have a shot to start 2015 with the Astros?
(Henry from Houston)
I guess anything's possible, but that seems aggressive to me. Correa could probably be tossed into the major league fire right now and hold his own because he's not only that good but also that poised and polished, but there's just no need yet. The Astros have been conservative with their guys and have a track record of letting them fully develop, so that's probably what they'll do. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Bret, I'm tempted to trade my best keeper (Carlos Santana at $9) for a package of Tommy Hunter ($1), George Springer ($5) and Carlos Correa ($2) in an AL Only dynasty league. Smart?
(Brett G. from KC)
Not if you want to win. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some of the lower level SS that stand out most for their tools? Who do you have your eye on?
(flashtheleather from deep in the hole)
Only get to see High-A guys since I haven't been able to make it to Arizona for spring training. Carlos Correa and Corey Seager are shortstops right now, but both may have to move over to third. I can't wait to see both of them once the season gets going. (Ronit Shah)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What type of player do you see as the type that most likely will jump levels and exceed timetables for reaching the majors? talent level? maturity? organizational need?
(DB from Pittsburgh)
Carlos Correa. The talent level is amazing, but the maturity and makeup is special. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who is more likely to end up at 3B long term, Bogaerts, Baez, or Correa?
(Max from Florida)
Carlos Correa. I think he's too big to make it work at shortstop. (Ronit Shah)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome Ben, I'll start you off with a curveball: Let's say every draft eligible prospect from 2010 to 2014 was eligible for this year's draft. Just based on pre-draft scouting reports and without the benefit of hindsight, how would the first 10 picks of the draft unfold?
(baseballjunkie from cali, where it's already Spring)
This is an amazingly difficult question to answer, and also quite fun. It's probably better suited for an article than for a fantasy chat answer, but since I was able to access this question ahead of time, here's what I came up with after about 30 min of research. I'll note that since I'm not familiar enough with 2014 prospects yet, I've restricted your search to 2010-2013 draftees. I'll go with:

1. Bryce Harper 2. Manny Machado 3. Gerrit Cole 4. Dylan Bundy 5. Anthony Rendon 6. Jameson Taillon 7. Bubba Starling
8. Byron Buxton 9. Carlos Correa 10. Archie Bradley

Toughest omissions for me were Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Kevin Gausman, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel. If Luc Giolito had been healthy for his senior year, he'd probably have made it on this list. Obviously that's not how we'd rank them now, and it's funny that guys like Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and Javier Baez are left in the dust. Bubba Starling sticks out like a sore thumb, and Buxton was underrated. This exercise also reinforces how loaded the 2011 draft was. Last year's pales in comparison. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)At the 1-3 pick in my dynasty draft, Buxton and one of A. Bradley and Tanaka are off he board. I'm looking at Baez, Giolito, Bryant, Correa, and J. Gray. Who do you take? Why? How would you rank them? (Reference: I pick 1-3, and 1-6 due to trades; one of the picks in between mine would be Abreu and one of Baez/Correa (in that order)). Thanks!
(AJ from Phoenix)
Hi AJ.

The order might be different from a pure prospect perspective, but I'd go Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, Jonathan Gray, and Lucas Giolito. While Correa could wind up being a better baseball player than Baez, Baez's power tool is ridiculous and from a purely offensive standpoint (read fantasy) he has the higher ceiling. Correa's pretty damn good too, though, and I anticipate a power spike this year in the minors. His raw numbers don't look great, but he was an 18-year-old at Quad Cities. I'm impressed. Bryant's great too, but you're asking me to rank him against two amazing prospects. Gray and Giolito go behind the hitters just because I have a bias toward hitters when it comes to prospects in fantasy. I'll go Gray because Giolito had the TJ. He should be fine, and it's entirely possible that I'll flip these two if someone on BP's great scouting team comes back with a positive review on him in spring training. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to pick one of Carlos Correa, Addison Russell, or Javier Baez which one would you choose?
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk Pa)
Correa. I'm a sucker for up-the-middle athletes and plate discipline. (Jeff Moore)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What prospects do you think will have the most helium this offseason?
(Tony from MN)
It may seem odd to say, but Carlos Correa is going to blow up this winter, and by this time next year, he's going to be discussed with Byron Buxton as one of the two or three best prospects in the game. I think you're also going to hear a lot more noise on Gregory Polanco and the potential for him to help in Pittsburgh next year. Those guys are clearly already on the radar and likely not what you were looking for when you wrote the question, but I really believe both will be even more highly regarded on Opening Day than they are right now. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you also think Byron Buxton is better than Carlos Correa or George Springer?
(googoo from Japan)
I think Buxton is the best prospect in baseball. (Jason Parks)
2013-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think ends up the better fantasy player: Carlos Correa or Addison Russell? Both have impressive bats. Part of the answer to the question I would think is whether both stay at short.
(John from CT)
I like Correa a little better and think he stays at short. Both discussed here today - http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21598 (Paul Sporer)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)In his age 18 season, Correa is putting up numbers similar to Bogaerts at the same age... less power but a better plate discipline. Do you see Correa becoming an equal or better player to X-Box when both are in their primes, and does CC have a better chance to stick at SS?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
I don't quite see Carlos Correa as having the power ceiling Xander Bogaerts does, but ask me again in a year or two; it's so hard to predict players this young. Correa probably has the same chance to stick at SS as Bogaerts does. He's a big guy, but he's really athletic and could stick. Again, really young guy, hard to figure this out without the benefit of hindsight. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks, Zach. Do you expect Carlos Correa to: a) outgrow shortstop b) grow into his power Both? Either? Neither?
(CyMature from WesternMass)
I think Correa will grow into his power, but I also think that he has a better than average shot to stay at shortstop. Correa has very good instincts and the hands/arm/glove to stay at short. When he fills out he may give up some range, but he can be a shortstop. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think you rank Byron Buxton so high, he is good, but not better than Carlos Correa , Xander Bogaerts and Francisco Lindor. I meant that you overrated Byron Buxton because he didn't hit for power yet.
(Kevin Goldstein from Houston)
You mad, bro? (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think I can get in a dynasty league with minors rosters for Carlos Correa? Keep forever. I understand this is a hard question without league/team context but I'm just looking for a general baseline in how you value him. Hunter Pence reasonable?
(Joe from Seattle)
You have to find someone else with patience to wait for him. I took him in my AL keeper league this season with the full intent on holding onto him knowing only one or two other guys in the league would take him in a trade this season. (Jason Collette)
2013-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)What players and positions should the Astros be targeting in the next draft?
(Martin from Houston)
The fact that the strength of the draft is college pitching would make me say college pitching, but nothing about the organization. It's a bad way to go at 1-1 or really anywhere in the first several rounds to look at anything beyond best player (or player/price combination) available. Even if they were sure Carlos Correa wouldn't stick at shortstop, I still wouldn't be against a third baseman because prospects are tradeable. (Zachary Levine)
2013-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it a given that either Mark Appel or Jonathan Gray go first overall to the Astros?
(BobcatBaseball from Athens, OH)
No. If it's a guarantee in the scouting community that whoever doesn't go first goes second, then they can't play them like they played Carlos Correa last year. That situation worked because if Correa wasn't going first, he was going much later, so they could get him to sign well under slot, knowing it would be more than he'd get in the late top 10.

I have no knowledge that they'd do that again, but if they want to go under slot early and over slot late like last year, you'd want more of a darkhorse. The Houston beat guys, Brian McTaggart and Brian Smith, have mentioned several other options, and how much of Jim Crane reportedly scouting Moran was a decoy or whatever, I'm not sure. (Zachary Levine)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Midwest League ball is back and Saturday is my first glimpse of Carlos Correa. I have heard a number of comps from A-Rod to Miguel Sano. What are your thoughts on his ceiling?
(rkowna from Chicago)
I don't like those comps, but he has the potential for very loud tools. The arm is an easy 7; the raw power could be extreme; he plays a premium position and should be able to stick around at that spot for a while; he's a huge makeup guy that is more advanced than people realize. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)How likely are the Astros to tak Mark Appell this time around? Did they have Carlos Correa rated higher last year, or was it purely sign-ability, or saving draft pool money by picking Correa?
(Mark from Utah)
Correa was still one of the premiere talents in the draft, despite costing less than a few other top players. I don't think the Astros regret that decision on any level. I assume they go for a safer college arm in this draft, but its still early and things can happen to change that opinion as we get closer. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Trying to think of either a current or historical comp for Carlos Correa's ceiling if he can't stay at SS and has to move to 3B. Doesn't really have the speed of David Wright, right? Any thoughts?
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
Hi Ashitaka, I don't know the answer to your question but I do remember one of the Astros TV broadcasters dropping an Alex Rodriguez comp on Correa in spring training, which seemed horribly unfair to the young man. (Geoff Young)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Addison Russell- potential Tulo-like ceiling?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Shawnykid, I wouldn't lay a Tulo comp on anyone with just 55 pro games to his credit. I was watching the Astros/Nats games yesterday and one of the TV broadcasters compared Carlos Correa to A-Rod. I understand being excited, but that's not fair. And I'm not picking on you personally, this just happens to be a pet peeve. As for Russell, from what I've read and heard, he has a chance to pretty darned good. (Geoff Young)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)For you, better hit/power/avg. between Carlos Correa and Addison Russell and which do you prefer long-term?
(Moon Doggie from SF)
Correa has the higher ceiling in my opinion, and I would take him over Russell. But its very close. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Handicap the odds of Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa sticking at SS. 75% & 85% respectively?
(Jonah from Phoenix)
Well, this question would be much better for the prospect staff. From what I've read from our hardworking crew, Bogaerts seems unlikely to stick there longterm but may reach the bigs while still playing shortstop. I wouldn't put the percentages very high given that info. Correa was just drafted last year and so early in the development process that I think it would be unwise to set any percentage chance of him sticking or moving off shortstop. (Josh Shepardson)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Mark, bridge the gap between Addison Russell and Carlos Correa. Is it really as wide as people say it is? Thanks!
(Jim from Oakland)
I'm not sure the gap is huge, Jim. The biggest gap for me is the defensive profile. I don't believe Russell will be able to stick at shortstop long term. Despite the improvements he made to his body last year, I'm not sure he can maintain that. Correa, while a big kid, is more natural at shortstop and I think he will stay there long term. In addition, Correa's natural hitting ability speaks more loudly to me, allowing his entire offensive game to show up in games. I think both can be really good players, but I will give the edge to the up-the-middle guy with fewer questions about the projection of his hit tool. (Mark Anderson)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)You would be a flawless 5-tool talent if you weren't a Tottenham supporter. Is Jorge to blame for this? Also, how large is the gap between Carlos Correa and Addison Russell in terms of ceiling?
(Gene from LA)
Jorge is to blame for a lot of things, but my support of Spurs is not one of them. I think Correa's ceiling is higher than Russell, but I really like Russell, especially after receiving good reports on his ability to stick at SS (Jason Parks)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Carlos Correa.....Manny Machado ceiling?
(rangerfans2 from Fort Worth)
What is Manny Machado's ceiling? We don't know that yet. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)After Profar, rank in hotness the next level of upcoming minor league short stops from a list of Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell, Javier Baez, Hak-Ju Lee, Trevor Story, and Carlos Correa.
(Paul from DC)
Baez, Lindor, Russell, Story, Correa, Lee, but I'm assuming you're asking me to rank them purely be physical attractiveness. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-08-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)maybe i missed it, but it seems like nearly a month since you raved about f lindor. I am counting on him to be my fantasy shortstop of the future. Are you still very high on him? How does Carlos Correa's bat compare? Does Correa move to third?
(temple from madison wi)
I wrote about Lindor today at BP.com. I'm still very high on him.

Correa is a completely different prospect, and yes, I think he eventually moves to 3B. Is the bat that legit? We shall see. Reports are mixed. He's a premium talent, but is he an elite talent? His age is a monster attribute at this point, as the younger you can get a player into the developmental system the better your chances to develop a stud. (Jason Parks)


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