The Houston Astros have promoted top shortstop prospect Carlos Correa to the major league roster.
It may seem like he's been around for a while, but Correa was only drafted three years ago, the first-overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft. The shortstop from Puerto Rico was also young for his draft class and is just 20 years old. His performance thus far in 2015 has been stellar: he opened with a .385/.459/.726 tear through 29 games in the Texas League for Corpus Christi.
Promoted to Triple-A Fresno in the Pacific Coast League last month, he's been a little more human against older competition, hitting .276/.345/.449 through 24 games, a little more human yes but still impressive production for a 20-year-old in the PCL. He's also played very well defensively and has little left to prove at the minor league level with either the bat or the glove.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow was quoted: "This is a type of player who only comes around once in a generation. We want to win this year and we feel like he is one of the 25 best players in our organization."
That's not GM hyperbole; Correa is that good. As with any young player there could be some growing pains, but by all accounts Correa has excellent make-up to go with his tools and skills. He is the top overall prospect in the minor leagues in my view, or at least he was until his promotion.