Astros Will Take Their Time With Correa
is in the final stage of his initial professional season.
After taking a brief breather following a 2012 campaign in which the No.
1 overall pick played 50 games between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast and
Appalachian leagues, the 18-year-old shortstop returned to his home
country to play in the Puerto Rican League. He was 3-for-17 through his
first six games for Carolina.
A week before returning to the field, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound shortstop
took center stage at Houston's Minute Maid Park. Flanked by other Astros
prospects including Jonathan Singleton
, George Springer
, Correa sported Houston's new logo and uniform before a crowd of
more than 5,000.
Baseball was primarily on his mind, though, and Correa has been eyeing
continual improvement after hitting an overall .258/.305/.400 with three
home runs and 12 RBIs in 2012.
"My offseason workout is obviously to improve all my skills, to get
better every time . . . I'm just working out everyday and doing my best
out there," Correa said.
He added: "I've got to be ready and put up some good numbers (in Puerto Rico)."
Asked about his 2013 plans, Correa said he'd been informed by the Astros he'll begin next season with low Class A Quad Cities.
"I'm really excited," Correa said. "I'm working hard to have a good
spring training and keep it going. Try to reach the big leagues as
quickly as I can."
Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said Correa's 2013 destination
hasn't been cemented yet. A rebuilding Astros organization that's still
revamping its once-depleted farm system isn't in a hurry to fast-track
one of it most promising prospects.
"One of the lessons we learned last year is where we put the prospects
matters," Luhnow said. "Sometimes they aren't at the level that they
want to be at, but they're at the level that's right for their
development at that time."
• Former Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco will manage Triple-A
Oklahoma City in 2013. DeFrancesco took over for Brad Mills at the end
of 2012, guiding Houston to a 16-25 record during the team's
record-setting 107-loss season.
• Singleton will also attend spring training with the Astros and have a
chance to make the big league club. The 21-year-old first baseman hit
.226/.345/.409 with three homers in 93 at-bats for Mesa in the Arizona