HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have selected shortstop Carlos Correa to the Major League roster. He will join the club tomorrow in Chicago for the opener of the Astros three-game series against the White Sox. In a corresponding move, the Astros have optioned right-handed pitcher Jake Buchanan to Triple A Fresno. A subsequent move to the 40-man roster will be made prior to tomorrow night's game. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
Correa, 20, was hitting .335 (72x215) with 21 doubles, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and 18 stolen bases in his 53 games combined for Triple A Fresno and Double A Corpus Christi this season. Entering today, Correa led all of minor league baseball in extra-base hits (34) and in total bases (127), while sharing the minor league lead in doubles (21) and ranking second in slugging (.596).
"Carlos has performed extremely well at every level of our minor league system," said Luhnow. "We feel he has earned this promotion and look forward to him joining our ballclub. Since he is just 20 years old, we do not have unrealistic expectations of Carlos. However, his performance on the field and his maturity indicate that he is ready to contribute on the Major League level."
Correa, who is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball, began his season at Corpus Christi before earning a promotion to Fresno on May 11. He started for the Grizzlies today and hit a walk off sacrifice fly to give Fresno a 15-14 win over Reno.
This season marks Correa's fourth as a professional since being drafted with the 1st overall pick in the 2012 draft out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. At just 20 years of age, Correa will be the youngest player in the Major Leagues and the youngest Astro to make his debut since right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles debuted at 20 for the club in 2011.