Heyman says that there are members of the Astros' staff that would like to have Correa up now. But it seems likely that the team will wait until June in order to reduce the chances of him becoming a Super Two player, giving the team an extra year of contract control.
He homered for a second straight game Thursday and has hit safely in eight of nine games since his promotion. He has multihit games in five of his last six appearances.
The highly touted prospect is batting .326 with a .558 slugging percentage, .920 OPS, two home runs, four doubles and seven RBI in nine games since joining Fresno.
"I think I've gotten stronger these last two games -- I'm just kidding,"Correa said after Thursday's game, per MiLB.com. "I've just been trying to drive the ball, and I've seen some fastballs up in the zone."
Correa's home run Thursday came off former AL Cy Young award winner Barry Zito.
"It was really fun [facing Zito]," Correa said. "I've seen that guy pitch a lot at the big league level, and I've even played [as] him in video games, because I'm a video game guy. I have a lot of respect for him, and it was fun to play against him as a competitor."
Rated as the No. 4 prospect in baseball per Baseball America before the season, Correa has had little issue in his first exposure to the high minors, hitting .385/.459/.726 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 117 at-bats with Double-A and earning a promotion to Triple-A. If he continues to produce at such a blistering rate with his new team, he could soon see his first taste of the majors.
Correa, who is currently playing in Double-A, may be called up in the next couple of weeks to Houston, according to Heyman. Correa is considered Houston's top prospect and is hitting a blistering .398 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 98 at-bats for Double-A Corpus Christi.
One MLB general manager said that the Astros' current lineup doesn't have many holes, but "Correa can change a lot," per the Houston Chronicle.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow still thinks Correa has something to prove in the Texas League.
"I want a couple teams to come back and say, 'OK, well, we faced this guy last time, how are we going to get him out this time and have a plan of attack?'" Luhnow said. "And see how he reacts to that. It’s happening now. We look at it on a week-by-week basis and see whether the next step is now or a week from now or two weeks from now."
After that, it will be on to the next level for the prospect.
"There’s a good chance we’ll get him up (to Class AAA) this month." Luhnow said.
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