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Hot start nets Correa monthly AL rookie honor

Astros shortstop debuted June 8, batted .287 with 5 HRs, 15 RBIs

HOUSTON -- Astros shortstop Carlos Correa on Thursday was named American League Rookie of the Month for June.

Correa, who made his Major League debut on June 8, hit .287 with nine doubles, five home runs, 15 RBIs, four stolen bases and a .543 slugging percentage in his 21 games in the month. Among AL rookies in June, Correa ranked first in OPS (.852), doubles, RBIs and in slugging percentage. Additionally, he ranked tied for first in home runs and third in hits and in batting average.

Correa is just the sixth Astros player to win a Rookie of the Month Award and the third in the last two seasons, joining right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh (September 2014) and outfielder George Springer (May 2014). Correa is also the second Astros player to win an AL monthly award this season, as left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel won the AL Pitcher of the Month in April and May.

Defensively, Correa has committed just one error in his 83 total chances this season for a .988 fielding percentage.

At 20 years old, Correa is the youngest position player to play in the Major Leagues this season. He's also the youngest player to start a game at shortstop for the Astros and the youngest position player for Houston since infielder Derrel Thomas debuted for the club in 1971.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.
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