Report: Houston Astros Could Call Up Carlos Correa As Early As Tomorrow


It’s almost that time.

The moment that all Houston Astros fans have been waiting for will be happening but it’s just a matter of when.

We had all been wondering when it would be but we finally have a tentative date.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz, Carlos Correa could be called as early as the start of the series against the Chicago White Sox which is a three-game set starting tomorrow night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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This is fantastic news for us fans and it’s quite understandable.


Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Villar, the two guys currently in the rotation, haven’t been getting it done at short stop and in order for the Astros to maintain their leadership in the AL, they must continue to find innovative ways to stay fresh and ahead of the curve.

Jed Lowrie is still expected to be out while he recovers from thumb surgery after getting injured back in April.

Houston, we have problem and the likely solution is out in Fresno, Calif!

Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch said that he stays abreast of Correa’s progress via daily reports, the player development staff and, of course, general manager Jeff Luhnow and assistant David Stearns.

At this moment, the reports for Correa out of Triple-A Fresno are good.

Here’s what Hinch had to say about that:

"“[Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies manager Tony DeFrancesco] has mentioned the ease with which (Correa) plays the game with a lot of confidence. It’s much of the same that we’ve heard about Carlos in spring training or into the season. He’s a talented player who is gaining experience in all aspects and continuing to improve.”"

I’m not saying calling up Correa would be quick-fix solution but would provide the spark that would be needed to keep this team on the path of success that it has worked so hard to earn.

For the past week, Gonzalez has gone 1-for-14 with one ribbie, four strikeouts, batting .071 and a .143 OPS.

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  • Villar has gone 5-for-16 with a double, a triple and a home run but has six strikeouts to his credit.  He is also batting .313 with a 1.040 OPS for the week.

    Villar’s numbers aren’t as bad as Gonzalez’s but he could always use some work with his fielding and that’s where Correa can come in and help out.

    If this happens, expect Gonzalez to be sent down, retain Villar and Correa to fill his slot as he will work his way into the rotation.

    Correa, 20, has cooled off slightly from his incredible Double-A performance where batted .385, with 45 hits, 32 RBIs, seven home runs, 15 doubles, 15 stolen bases, and a sterling 1.185 OPS through 117 at-bats in 29 games with the Corpus Christi Hooks.

    Currently, Correa is batting .266 with 25 hits, 11 RBIs, three home runs, six doubles and 14 stolen bases through 94 at-bats and 23 games.  He still maintains a solid .783 OPS with the Grizzlies.

    Why such the drop off?

    The pitching is a lot different in Triple-A in Double-A.

    There are a lot more experienced pitchers that are more strategical/surgical.

    They know how to zero in on player’s batting weakness as opposed to AA where you find pitchers just trying to strikeout and throw the ball as hard as they can.

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    After all, it’s the last level before getting to the majors.

    Correa is also awfully close to achieving Super Two status — two years, 140 days of service — so I’m positive his call-up will be timed around then so that the Astros would have the upper-hand in terms of his eventual arbitration when that time comes much later down the road.

    But whenever this happens, it will be a banner day for us and I hope it happens soon!

    Let’s do this — go ‘Stros!

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