Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sporting News: Carlos Correa's meteoric rise is hardly a surprise

At just 22 years old, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is at the top of his game and has quickly become one of baseball’s brightest stars.

Before Correa went down with a torn ligament in his left thumb on July 17, he was cruising toward the finest statistical season of his young career. Not only was Correa putting up career numbers, he sat near the top of the American League and MLB leaderboards in many offensive categories.

Correa, who ranks near the top on Sporting News' 2017 list of MLB's top young players, was dismantling pitching this season, batting .320 with a .400 on-base percentage, .566 slugging percentage, 20 home runs and 66 RBIs in just 375 plate appearances. Correa’s 157 wRC+ was good for seventh in the majors (fourth in the American League) among players with at least 300 plate appearances at the time of his injury.

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