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Astros rookie Correa set for home debut

Houston is ready for the Carlos Correa era.

Correa, who is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball by MLBPipeline, has three big league games under his belt and will make his home debut in Houston tonight against Seattle. Correa, the top overall pick in the 2012 Draft, said he's learned from his first three games.

"You're just facing great players. You're facing the 25 best players of every organization," said Correa in his introductory press conference on Friday. "I will say, the game gets better. The game gets faster."

Correa, a 20-year-old shortstop, is hitting .333 (4-for-12) with one home run and three RBIs in his first three games, and he's played a complete game in the field in all three of them. The Puerto Rico native batted .313 with 28 home runs and 199 RBIs in 282 games over the course of his Minor League career.

Correa topped out in the Class A California League last year, but he breezed through the upper levels of the Minor Leagues in two first months of this season. The youngster batted .385 with a .459 on-base percentage in 29 games at Double-A Corpus Christie and .276 with a .345 on-base mark in 24 games at Triple-A Fresno.

Jeff Luhnow, general manager of the Astros, said Houston called Correa up because he's ready.

"He's a winning player and we're going to see that in the future," said Luhnow. "We wanted him here as soon as he was able to contribute to the wins. ...And I felt that time was now."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for
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