The Houston Astros have an absolutely stocked minor league system that should produce a number of impact players over the next few seasons, but the top player in the team’s pipeline could be out for quite some time. Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2012 MLB Draft, suffered a serious right ankle injury on Saturday and will likely miss significant chunk of time as a result.
Correa suffered the injury while sliding into third with a triple on Saturday night for High-A Lancaster of the California League. He had to be carried off the field and was carted away from the dugout with a towel over his head. The 19-year-old shortstop is universally regarded as a top 10 prospect in all of baseball. ESPN’s Keith Law ranks him as the second-best player in the minor leagues, while MLB.com has him at No. 7.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow finally spoke about the injury on Monday and said Correa was expected to “miss a significant period of time” with the injury.
At the time he got hurt, Correa was hitting .325, with a .417 on-base percentage, a .504 slugging percentage. He also had six home runs, 57 RBIs, 20 stoles bases and 16 doubles in 62 games. He was likely on the verge of a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi.
Correa will fly to Houston this week to see the team’s ankle specialists before figuring out an exact timetable for recovery but if the Astros are already writing him off for a significant chunk of time things can’t be good.
Correa has been compared to Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado offensively, but the kid is likely to stick at shortstop at least for his first few big league seasons. Although to be fair, Machado is only playing third base because the Orioles already have J.J. Hardy at short.
Astros fans should be praying things aren’t serious and that Correa will only be out a few weeks. But there is certainly a chance his season is over.