Houston Astros: Five things atop the team’s Christmas wish list

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa
HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 18: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Carlos Correa to get and stay healthy

It seems like forever ago that Carlos Correa broke into the Major Leagues. He was a surprise number one overall pick in the 2015 draft as a young kid out of Puerto Rico but his destruction in the minors and rapid ascension proved the Houston Astros to be geniuses for taking the tall, young, skinny kid.

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His rookie year was incredible as he blasted over 20 homers and drove in nearly 70 runs in under 100 games. Media and fans alike were expecting the Correa to be a perennial MVP candidate after that. Unfortunately, he hasn’t quite been able to climb to those heights just yet though he has still been incredibly good.

His sophomore campaign was good but not as great as his rookie year. But he continued to establish an incredible rapport with fellow middle infield mate Jose Altuve. The pairing of those two is great for the Houston Astros present and future as they consistently make magic with their bats and gloves.

However, Correa’s third full season did not go as planned as many expected. He dealt with a bad back amongst other things and turned in the worst year of his major league career. His average plummeted, grounding into double plays was his calling card, and the rest of his production was absent.

If the Houston Astros want to return to the World Series in 2019, they’re going to need a healthy and productive Carlos Correa. I know some of it is out of his control but hopefully, he finds a new routine this offseason that sets him up for success in 2019 and beyond.

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This is what I believe should be on the Houston Astros Christmas wish list! What would be on your Christmas wish list for the Astros?