Update: June 9, 2015 9:55 pm PT
Houston Astros rookie shortstop Carlos Correa hit his first big league home run on Tuesday off of Chicago White Sox reliever Zach Duke. Correa also stole his first base in the major leagues but his efforts and the efforts of Astros’ ace Dallas Keuchel couldn’t hold off the White Sox.
Jose Abreu hit a two-run blast off of Keuchel and the White Sox added another two run in the eighth off of Chad Qualls to make the score 4-0. Correa’s two-run shot cut the White Sox lead in half in the ninth but it wasn’t enough to keep the Astros from losing their sixth straight game.
A six-game losing streak is unusual for the Astros this season …. although I think I remember someone predicting that they would slow down at some point in the season. They’re good, I admit that but are they as invincible as most people seem to think? It doesn’t appear to be so.
Update: June 8, 2015 9:25 pm PT
Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale dominated the Houston Astros on Monday, striking out 14 batters. One of those batters was 20-year-old rookie Carlos Correa, who was making his MLB debut for the Astros.
Sale allowed one run on five hits in eight innings of work on Monday. One of those hits belonged to Correa. Correa’s first big league hit also scored the Astros’ only run of the day against Sale.
Not only did Correa help score the game’s only run, he also dazzled defensively. He proved that, so far at least, the Astros brought Correa up at just the right time in his career. They definitely didn’t bring him up to early, that’s for sure.
Still, Sale and the White Sox won the day, somewhat spoiling Correa’s debut by winning the game by a score of 3-1. Astros’ starter Lance McCullers pitched a good game too but obviously came up a bit short. He pitched seven innings allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out seven.
Correa’s day was not ruined though. At the end of the day he was 1-4 with and RBI and a strikeout. Yet, he got the ball that was from his first MLB hit and first MLB RBI, something he’ll probably treasure for the rest of his life.
Original Text: June 8, 2015 1:55 pm PT
This is pretty big news. The kid was just promoted to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies about a month ago. Now, MLB.com’s number two overall prospect and the number one prospect in the Houston Astros organization has been promoted to the Major Leagues.
Talk about moving fast. Anyone who knows a lot about baseball knew this kid was coming and relatively soon, but no one really thought that day would be a day in early June! At least I thought they would give the 2012 number one overall draft pick, Carlos Correa, another month or so, especially with the Astros doing so well.
The team is currently atop the American League West at 34-24, 3.5 games above the second place Texas Rangers. There is no one that can say they saw that coming either. I mean NO ONE would have placed the Astros in first and the Rangers in second. It’s suddenly a Texas vs. Texas battle for the AL West.
Well, that is for now at least. There is still a good portion of the season left to play.
Honestly, I’d assumed the Astros would have given Correa a little more time in Triple-A but then again, I haven’t been watching much Pacific Coast League ball this season since the San Francisco Giants took over their new Triple-A Affiliate Sacramento River Cats.
On to the real story here, however, Correa was promoted from Double-A to Triple-A on May 11th and will, according to multiple reports, be joining the Houston Astros on Monday when they take on the Chicago White Sox.
The reason for the 20-year-old’s early promotion is that he is the best player the Astros have to replace injured shortstop Jed Lowrie. Lowrie went down in late April with a thumb injury that required surgery and the timetable for his return is unknown.
Correa was hitting a combined .335 with 10 home runs, 44 RBI and 21 doubles with 18 stolen bases between Double and Triple-A this season.
How he will do against big league pitching remains to be seen, but given his track record it’s doubtful he’ll have trouble. We will have to wait and see to know for sure though.
Tomorrow may be a tough challenge for the youngster as he will take on White Sox ace, southpaw Chris Sale.
It’ll definitely be one for the books, seeing one of MLB’s top young prospects take on one of the league’s best left-handers and pitchers in general. I’d reccommend tuning in if you have MLB At-Bat or some other MLB games package. I know I will be.