UPDATE: Now, Vincent Velasquez will also join Correa for the White Sox series. Is this turning into a roster shakeup or are the Astros just finding out what they’ll really need at the trade deadline?
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Well, friends the king has given the minions what they’ve begged for. The Carlos Correa Coronation has begun.
With the worst-kept-secret in baseball now official, Correa will join two other members of the Astros’ 2012 draft on the major league roster for the White Sox series on Monday. Already, Lance McCullers Jr. and Preston Tucker have begun to solidify their places on a team that has surprised to start the 2015 season.
Who’s next? Who cares?
Jeff Luhnow and the Astros have timed the Correa promotion to coincide with perhaps the last draft in which the Astros will have a Top 10 pick for quite some time. The first rounds of the draft are Monday and Houston picks second and fifth (Dan Peschong has an update later Monday).
With three players from the 2012 draft already “up”, that draft can possibly develop into one of the best, if not the best, drafts in Astros’ history. Consider that Andrew Aplin, Brady Rodgers, Brett Phillips, Tyler Heineman and Joe Sclafani among others are also on the list of possible future major leaguers and the build-through-the-draft philosophy appears to have a strong future in Houston despite some obvious gaffes along the way.
So, what are you thoughts on the Correa promotion? Too early? Too late? Will he make a difference?
- Are the Astros now committed to being all-in in 2015?
- Is there another obvious promotion waiting to happen?
- Who goes off the 40-man roster to make room for Correa? Again, does it really matter?
- Where does Correa bat? Third? Sixth to start?
- What does the promotion say about Jed Lowrie and Luis Valbuena?
- Will manager A.J. Hinch now start plugging others into first base (e.g. Valbuena, Evan Gattis) in preparation for moving Chris Carter?
- Is the Correa promotion permanent?