When you think of the face of Major League Baseball, usually the first name that comes to mind is Mike Trout.
Now, I don't blame you, he's a great player but, Carlos Correa is just better. Here's why.
Time and time again, Correa has been able to deliver late in games. A basehit to score a run, a diving stop to save an extra basehit, a big fly, you name it.
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Just last night, against the Oakland A's Correa was up in the 8th inning with a runner on, his team trailing 3-2. Correa got a fastball on the inner half of the plate and the rest was history. The Astros went on to win the game 5-4 in 10 innings.
Correa is just 51 games into his MLB career and he's already one of the games' best. he already has 59 hits in those 51 games, and for those of you keeping track, that's 1.15 hits per game.
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Oh, and he's only 20 years old. Twenty. In 2015 so far, Correa has boasted an average of .291, 14 HR's, and 36 RBI's. Just a reminder this is in 51 games.
Correa is already a top notch SS in the league and there's no doubt Houston has their franchise player of the future but, in just 51 games, he's making a strong case for rookie of the year. A .291 AVG, 14HR, 36 RBI should be satisfactory for any team from a 20 year old.
Other rookies have made a big impact for their teams respectively, Joc Pederson of the Dodgers, Devon Travis of the Blue Jays is hitting .304 but, multiple trips to the DL will keep him from receiving the award. Correa is the clear frontrunner to win the award and his 2.9 WAR leads all rookies so, that stat can only help him as the end of the season draws near.
Correa has quickly become a fan favorite, not only in Houston, but across the league. and quite frankly, what's not to like? The guy can do it all. Just 20 years young, manager AJ Hinch has compared the former #1 pick in the 2012 draft to Yankees DH and former SS Alex Rodriguez.
"Similar body styles in terms of the sort of long limbs, and when A-Rod broke in, you know he had a lot of physical characteristics similar to Correa," Hinch said. "Really, really strong arm, really gifted at sort of positioning his body to handle all the different throws." High praise from his manager for sure.
The sky's the limit
So you ask how Correa compares to Trout in his rookie season? Here's how they stack up. Keep in mind, these are Correa's stats through 51 games.
Correa: 51 GP, .291 AVG, 14 HR, 36 RBI, .345 OBP, .912 OPS, 2.9 WAR
Trout: 139 GP, .326 AVG, 30 HR, 86 RBI, .399 OBP, .963 OPS, 10.7 WAR
Correa has played almost a third less games than Trout did his rookie season, and he has half his homeruns, almost half his RBI's, and almost the same OPS and OBP. The sky's the limit for this kid, and the future looks very, very bright in Houston.