Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico
Correa’s impressive collection of tools has team’s drooling over him in the weeks leading up to the draft. After an impressive workout for the Twins, who have the second overall pick, and an jaw-dropping performance at the Excellence Tournament earlier in the month, he now figures to be a top-five pick, with an outside shot at going first overall to the Astros, who lack a player of Correa’s caliber.
Resembling another highly regarded shortstop prospect, Manny Machado, Correa is very large for his position, and there are some that have doubts about his ability to remain at short. Throughout the spring, however, he has shown exceptional fielding ability and there is a growing group of scouts and critics who think he’ll have a shot to remain at shortstop. If he can, he’ll be a very highly touted prospect.
At the plate, there are no questions about Correa. He’s the total package, offering impressive hitting ability and awe-inspiring raw power. He’s the kind of hitter who should hit .300 with 20-25 homers per season.
Something that has stood out about Correa has been his uncanny ability to recognize breaking balls, something he awed scouts with at the tournament in Puerto Rico. He slugged two home runs in front of an audience that included representatives from ESPN and Baseball America, as well as numerous scouting directors.
In addition to Correa’s hit and power tools, he also offers an incredible arm, one that has produced fastballs in excess of 90 miles per hour.