On Monday, 17-year-old Carlos Correa’s life changes forever as he became the highest player ever drafted from Puerto Rico.
And on Thursday, he was thrust further into the national spotlight after Houston Astros owner Jim Crane announced the team has reached a verbal agreement with top overall draft pick.
Correa was reportedly in the Lone Star state today to sign a deal after he passes his physical.
Terms of the deal are not yet known but sources told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that it will likely be in the vicinity of $5MM.
The 6-foot-4 and 190 pound Correa, who was also the first shortstop taken first overall since Tampa Bay chose Tim Beckham in 2008, and the fourth shortstop taken with the top pick since 1994, is currently committed to the University of Miami.
At that size however, Correa may not have a future at shortstop. As he begins to fill out, we could see him slide over to third base.
Originally thought to be a later pick, Correa beat out pitcher Mark Appel, a Scott Boras client who rejected a $6MM offer from Houston.
Appel tumbled to the Pirates at No. 8.
It will likely be a few years before we see Correa in the majors, but until then, his every move will be likely be watched very closely.