Correa unsatisfied despite solid first full season

Correa unsatisfied despite solid first full season

ANAHEIM -- Carlos Correa's first full season in the Major Leagues ended with him hitting .274 with 20 homers and 96 RBIs, setting single-season franchise records at shortstop. He also led American League shortstops in walks (75), doubles (36) and RBIs while playing in 153 games.

Correa, who was billed as a potential candidate for American League Most Valuable Player in the offseason, wasn't satisfied. When asked by a reporter about his offensive success, Correa was hard on himself and vowed to get better next year.

"I don't think I was successful this year offensively," Correa said. "I don't think my year was that good. This offseason, I need to work at some things and get better and have a better year next year."

The first thing Correa needs to do is get healthy. He has battled pain in his shoulder over the final month of the season and has gutted through it. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he'd like to see Correa be a little more dynamic on the bases next year, as well.

"He's really gone through a lot of things he won't talk about or I don't necessarily want to talk about, but to get through a season intact is a big deal for him," Hinch said. "Getting stronger and getting back healthy again will be necessary for him. It's hard to gauge how impactful his year was based on how much of the year he spent less than 100 percent."

Correa made a run at 100 RBIs but fell four shy. He said that was a product of the guys batting in front of him.

"I've got a guy [Jose Altuve] hitting .340 in front of me," Correa said. "If I'm hitting fourth in a lineup that has George Springer, [Alex] Bregman in front of me, I expect to drive in a lot of runs. That doesn't mean my offensive year was great."

Correa likes where the Astros are headed with a young core in place. The team figures to be active in the offseason to fill in some of the gaps that kept it from returning to the postseason. Correa will play nearly all of next season at 22 years old.

"Our team is young and talented, and we should be good for years to come," Correa said.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.