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Carlos Correa reminds me of young Alex Rodriguez

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So, nothing earth shattering here – a lot of people have said for a while that Carlos Correa reminds them of Alex Rodriguez.

But it was 1996 and I was in Florida for Spring Break staying at my late grandparents home and reading their morning paper while eating my cereal. There was a nice article about this young shortstop who I had a few rookie cards of, wondering if he could break spring training with the Mariners big club and hit enough to stay in the lineup.

Rodriguez was coming off a partial season in 1995 in which he hit .232 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 142 at bats. He was entering his age 20 season and all of the talk was surrounding his sound glove but the pundits continually said he was ‘light hitting’.

I remember when Correa got called up last year a lot of folks on Sirius talking about how he’s going to be good, but temper expectations on his bat. They said he wouldn’t hit quite as much as people would like to see.

Obviously, the parallels aren’t perfect here. Correa came up in a different era and in his age 20 season, won rookie of the year. He hit 22 home runs, drove in 68, and had an astounding .857 OPS. He did this in a era that was not known for it’s use of PEDs and with league-wide pitching being MUCH stronger than it was back in the mid-90’s.

Rodriguez went on to post one of the best age-20 seasons ever in 1996; shortly after that spring break at my grandparents wrapped up. He had 36 home runs, 141 runs scored, 123 RBI, 54 doubles, and a 1.045 OPS. Again, different era.

The build is very similar on both of these guys at age 20, and the ability to use all of the field with some power has some real similarities.

While Correa lacks being surrounded by a few Hall of Fame caliber threats in his same lineup (Rodriguez had Griffey and Edgar Martinez among others) there is enough firepower in the Houston lineup to really protect Correa and allow him to develop without the sense that he has to do too much.

I think before any of the steroid use; Rodriguez was a sure-fire Hall of Famer; if we can just erase from our memory what has happened since time spanned forward. I very rarely say this, but I believe if he stays healthy you’re looking at a Hall of Fame player in Correa who will deliver some very special seasons on the back of his baseball cards in the present day. I am really excited to see how he develops his game to build on an exceptional 4.1 bWAR rookie season in just 99 games (extrapolate that to 150+).

I felt something had to go up about the guy, as I went back through the archives there just wasn’t enough written about a guy who could unseat Trout and Harper as the face of baseball in the near future.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

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Not really. February is brutal. It might as well be called ‘Barnes & Noble Season’ to the baseball fan. It’s fantasy magazine February for all of us impatiently waiting to start our rotosserie league drafts in March. But we are in a period of Festivus with April 3rd and 4th being the day we can all open our great gifts.

Every year it’s a rite of passage, I buy one of these bad boys. Not because I need it but simply because for tradition’s sake; it just helps to remind me of a lot of the things I feel like I already know.

Anyways, I spent an hour this morning trying to read through this while at the same time trying to keep my daughter from putting the toy train set in her mouth. It just wasn’t happening. It’s still a great time of year any time you get to see some of the new fantasy magazine covers out on the racks. It means we don’t have long until our Christmas.

Betting on Baseball

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This one hurts a little bit to write.

It looked like the Houston Astros were going to move on to a freaking LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES for crying out loud. And then, things fell apart. That ball took an unlikely hop over Carlos Correa’s head in the best game of his career. And those upstart, pest, Royals are once again fixin’ to spoil everyone’s fun. It sucks, because Correa dropped two bombs in the 9-6 collapse.

We had dreams man; dreams of the Astros making the World Series and playing the Cubs in something that would be totally fresh for the game of baseball. Something so different than what we’ve seen before.

And I’m here to tell you that today, that all went away.

You know how it goes in this column. Whether we’re letting someone else pay the juice or we’re paying a little bit to win the Ben Franklin, we’re just simply picking the winner. Wednesday night at 8:05 PM, Johnny Cueto opposes Collin McHugh in game five of the LDS. The game will be in Kansas City. The Royals are a -131 favorite at the current moment with the Astros hanging around at +121.

It really sucks, but the Astros are going to lose game five in Kansas City. And I’m sorry if that makes me a bad person in that I don’t really like the Royals; but they don’t do much for me. They cease at entertaining me. They just don’t. I realize they’re a small-market who is ‘all-in’ and went out to get Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist and look how cute they are because they’re this close to getting back and avenging game seven from last year and look how fast they run the bases! But I don’t care. I don’t like them.

It’s just the way it is. You want a winner, and we’re feeding you one. We are totally surprised the Royals don’t check in as a bit higher favorite right now to steer you away from the winning side. But that will probably happen by game time. Get to the best online sportsbooks while you can and grab the Kansas City Royals -131 to make a little side dough.

We’re sorry Astros; leave the party kicking and screaming!

Carlos Correa is proving to be a generational talent just like they said he would be

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[Astros 9, DBacks 2]

[Houston Chronicle – Ultimate Astros]

Carlos Correa is proving to be one of the best players in baseball already, and hitting in the middle of the order for a 59-46 club that is proving to be one of baseball’s most exciting stories of the 2015 season. Correa homered two more times last night, giving him 12 home runs on his partial season and a .916 OPS.

It was the first two-homer game of Correa’s career. The first one he flicked his wrist and a fly ball just kept going and landed in the Crawford boxes. Later in the game with his new teammate Carlos Gomez on first base he threw his hands at a pitch on the outer half and took it out to right center field. This kid is absolutely unbelievable.

Dallas Kuechel went six innings strong striking out eight and allowed only two hits to improve to 13-5 on the season. Carlos Gomez – another aspect that adds to the fun factor of Houston – added three hits in his first game in an Astros uniform.

The Astros are three games up on the Angels in the AL West.

Carlos Correa is on the board

Carlos Correa has had a lot of pundits lately saying he won’t contribute much power. He’s only 20 years old, and in his second career game; he homers for the first time in that offense incubator on the South Side of Chicago.

Everyone says he’s an A-Rod clone. Maybe he will be in time in terms of the stats that pile up on the back of his baseball card. But for right now, his swing to me looks like Torii Hunter. And Torii Hunter, despite never playing shortstop; is a pretty good big league hitter.

The home run accounted for the only Astros runs in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox. Man, we really like Carlos Correa. The crown jewell of an organization flush with young talent. The Astros are a great story right now, even if we hated them when they were in the NL Central.

2014 Houston Astros Team Preview

The future of the Astros, Carlos Correa.
The future of the Astros, Carlos Correa.

Giving us a helping hand with the 2014 Astros Team Preview is Mike Hllywa. You might recognize Mike’s name from his work at Gammons Daily, Halo Hangout, or Off Base Percentage. He’s also been a guest host on The Baseball Show Podcast. You can follow him on twitter here.

I know what you are thinking, this post is about the Astros, so let’s get to the jokes already, right? Sadly, there will not be that many jokes at the expense of the Astros here thanks to a contract that my buddy MJ made me sign this past winter. Yes, the contract was written out on a cocktail napkin. Yes, I did sign said contract in mustard. No, I will not tell you how much alcohol was consumed. Yes, I should have a lawyer on standby so I stop doing stupid stuff like that. Don’t worry, MJ, if your buddy, Kevin Goldstein, gets upset, it won’t be because of this article.

Interestingly enough, however, the joke may be on all of us in a couple of years. Why is that, you say? That is because the future is bright in south-eastern Texas. Now, pipe down, no questions until the very end.

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Must-Click Link: Mike Rosenbaum’s Top 100 Prospect List

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Our buddy Mike Rosenbaum (lead writer at Bleacher Report’s Prospect Pipeline) is our resident prospect guru. There’s nothing we love more than a good young ballplayer without the wear and tear of years in the bigs.

When we have a question about a prospect we know little about, we often defer to Mike via text. He replies back with some good scout-speak, and just like that we know more about Mark Appel’s second pitch or Phillip Ervin’s estimated arrival time.

Mike’s Top 100 Prospects List is live over at Bleacher Report, and if you’re into baseball prospects you need to check it out.

Mike goes incredibly in-depth with snippets about each of the top 100 prospects in the game entering 2014. Here is a rundown of his top ten:

10. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets
9. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners
8. Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics
7. Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
6. Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs
5. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
4. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
3. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
2. Xander Bogaerts, SS/3B, Boston Red Sox
1. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins

Robert Stephenson checks in at 21 overall and Phillip Ervin at 91 respectively for you Reds fans perusing the list. Billy Hamilton is 36th overall. That might be generous until we see Hamilton hit.

Personal thoughts are that I love Correa’s ranking on this list. This is as high as I’ve seen Correa after checking several spots on the net (he’s 8th on MLB.com’s list, 7th on Baseball America, and 9th on Fangraphs). We are really excited about Correa’s future in the game and feel this is a good ranking for him.

If you want to learn who the stars of tomorrow are going to be in this great game, you need to check out Mike’s list and take some notes, even if the notes are mentally.

2013 Houston Astros Team Preview

The Houston Astro embark on a new journey in the AL.  Many years ago (not that many, but more than some) the Milwaukee Brewers left the AL Central and ventured into the NL Central giving the NL 16 teams to the AL’s 14.  In order to rectify this great inequity, the Astros are being moved to the AL.  It’s not too tragic.  They were an expansion team, have never won the World Series for the NL, and will get a great regional rival with Texas.  Unfortunately, the rivalry won’t be much to speak of for the next few season.  While the Rangers have plenty of talent, the Astros are trying desperately to acquire it.  They have a minuscule payroll and their highest paid player makes $3M.  Felix Hernandez now makes $25M.

Let’s take a closer look at the Astros.

Major Off-Season Moves:

  • Cut salary.
  • Cut salary.
  • Cut salary.
  • Signed SP Erik Bedard.
  • Signed 1B Carlos Pena.
  • Acquired OF/DH Chris Carter from Oakland.

The Astros traded away what they could to acquire prospects.  It’s tough to evaluate an off season like this except that it was necessary.  The Astros have been going down hill for several years and it’s time to flip the switch.  They had nothing at the major league level that they could build around.  Carter is a good pickup but Pena and Bedard are stopgaps until they can get some newer players there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on to who is going to take the field this year.

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