SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- The Houston Astros have selected
17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa with the No. 1 pick in the
baseball draft, making him the highest selection ever to come from
Correa has an incredibly strong arm and terrific instincts
defensively, and the Astros might have found their shortstop of the
future. He bested catcher Ramon Castro, who went No. 17 to Houston
in 1994, as the highest-drafted Puerto Rican player.
It was the first time Houston had the top pick in the draft
since 1992, when the Astros selected Phil Nevin -- passing on Derek
Jeter, who went five spots later to the Yankees.
While recent previous drafts lacked intrigue with the first
pick, it was unclear even an hour before their selection who the
Astros would take.