Carlos Correa, Infield, Houston Astros, #1
Date of Birth: 9/22/1994
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Current Salary: $535,000
Carlos Correa, was already a good baseball player at the age of five when he started playing organized baseball. In high school, he was a top player and a scholar, finishing his four years with a 4.00 GPA and as class valedictorian. He was drafted by the Astros in 2012 as the number one overall draft selection.
Correa played in the Astros' minor league system from 2012 through 2014. During that time, he had 319 hits, 78 doubles, 187 RBIs, and 197 strikeouts to 121 walks in 258 games. Defensively, as a shortstop, he made 671 assists, 133 double plays, 383 putouts, and 37 errors in 221 games.
On June 9, 2015, Correa hit his first major league home run. He had a strong first season in the major leagues, batting .279 with 108 hits, 22 doubles, 22 home runs, 14 stolen bases, and 68 RBIs in 99 games. He was named the American League Rookie of the Year for his efforts. Defensively, as the Astros' shortstop in 99 games, he made 265 assists, 41 double plays, 112 putouts, and 13 errors. He had a strong postseason, batting .292 with 7 hits, including 1 double and 2 home runs, and 4 RBIs in 24 at-bats in 6 games.
Correa's second season in the majors was another strong one. He finished the 2016 season with 158 hits, 36 doubles, 20 home runs, 13 stolen bases, 75 RBIs, and a .274 batting average in 153 games. Defensively, as the Astros' shortstop, he made 426 assists, 81 double plays, 202 putouts, and 14 errors.