Prospects Spotlight: American League West

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Mar 5, 2014; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (84) dives for a ground ball during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros

Carlos Correa, shortstop

There’s Addison Russell and there’s Carlos Correa. Russell will arrive sooner, as Correa, the first overall pick in the 2011 Draft, is just 20 and had his 2014 season crippled by a fractured fibula in late June and missed the rest of the season.

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The sky is still seriously not the limit for Correa, who’s overall tools could go far beyond any Houston skyline.

His averages topped out at .371 in rookie ball, 320 in A ball, and in his injury-shortened high A season he hit .325 before being sidelined. He’s also developing nicely into a lethal on base machine, with 58 walks in 2013 and 36 in just 62 games in ’14.

He’s a slick glove, his power could come alone to high teen home runs a year or more and despite the past couple rough seasons in the Space City, a future infield duo of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa is enough to get any baseball mind excited.

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