Carlos Correa had a solid 2016 season that may get lost amid his heightened expectations and with so many other shortstops producing at the plate. Correa drew more walks last season, but also struck out a bit more and also did not get as much loft on his batted balls as he did in his rookie season. He also didn't run as frequently as expected, as he attempted just 17 steals. Correa needs to close the gaps in his splits to improve as he has hit for a better average and more power against righties than he has lefties. He could hit anywhere in the top four spots of the lineup in 2017, but hitting between Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve could be huge for his runs and RBI. At just 23, Correa still has time to become the top player at his position and fantasy superstar many envisioned when drafting him in the first round last year.
Correa is scheduled to rejoin the Astros' spring training lineup Saturday after returning from the World Baseball Classic, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Correa sizzled in WBC play for Puerto Rico, going 8-for-20 with three home runs and nine RBI. Getting some work in Grapefruit League action will affirm his value as a borderline first-round pick in many mixed fantasy leagues.
Correa went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Puerto Rico's 4-3 extra-inning win over the Netherlands at Dodger Stadium in Monday's semi-final game in the World Baseball Classic, Manny Randhawa of MLB.com reports. The 441-foot homer, which was measured as the ninth longest in Dodger Stadium in the Statcast era, tied the game after the Netherlands took an early 2-0 lead. He also scored the game's winning run. Correa, a shortstop by trade, flashed his defense, too, making a key stop at third base. For the tournament, the Astros young star has been a key cog in the Puerto Rico lineup, hitting .400 (8-for-20) with three homers and nine RBI.
Correa went went 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's game against the Braves. Houston's projected starting shortstop was delayed at the onset of camp after having his wisdom teeth removed, but is at full strength now. He'll sit out Monday's game before playing the next two. After that, Correa's off to the World Baseball Classic to compete for Team Puerto Rico.
Correa fully participated in Wednesday's workout after being cleared for all activities, Jake Kaplan of The Houston Chronicle reports. Correa had been limited in workouts after having his wisdom teeth removed last week, but manager A.J. Hinch says the slugger is "a full go." Expect the young shortstop to be ready for the Astros' first Grapefruit League game on Saturday.
Correa (teeth) logged a workout Tuesday and was able to take about 50 swings in the batting cage, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports. Correa's start to spring training was delayed after he had his wisdom teeth removed last week, but his activity Tuesday suggests any lingering pain in his mouth is no longer an issue. The shortstop should soon resume doing the same workouts as the rest of his teammates and doesn't look to be in any danger of missing the beginning of Grapefruit League play.