The Houston Astros have officially signed first-overall pick Carlos Correa. Financial terms were not disclosed, but it is believed that Correa’s bonus is in the $5 million range. Baseball America is working to independently confirm the figure.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have him as a part of our organization,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “This is a monumental day for us and for him and for the city of Houston.”
Correa was beaming and confident as he sported his new jersey with the number 12 on the back.
“I’m just happy to be an Astro right now,” Correa said. “I just want to get to the big league level the quickest I can. I want to be a leader and I want to be the face of the franchise. I will work hard to be an impact player.”
After the press conference, Correa headed to the field to take batting practice and ground balls with the big league team. He will return home to Puerto Rico to graduate from high school on Sunday and is scheduled to report to Florida on Tuesday to join the Astros’ Gulf Coast League affiliate.
By going first-overall, Correa easily became the highest-drafted Puerto Rican ever.
“For Puerto Rico, this is big,” Correa said. “This is history. For a Puerto Rican player to go in the first pick, I feel proud to be here. All the hard work has paid off and I’m proud to represent the Houston Astros. I’m going to do it with honor and I’m going to make the Houston Astros a better organization.”