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Sunday, June 10, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: CARLOS CORREA SS HOUSTON ASTROS

One of the more pronounced fantasy baseball player debates entering into 2018 drafts centered at the top of the shortstop position where the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor and the Houston Astros' Carlos Correa vied to be the top pick among the group most often around the end of Round 1.  With Correa coming off the better 2017 campaign, he was the guy who most considered to be the better choice between the two. That being said, those who went against the grain and took Lindor have made out by a sizable margin as he has put up blockbuster five category numbers so far this season, while Correa has been something much less.  While his offensive numbers have fluctuated wildly, Correa has also dealt with numerous injuries such as the side soreness that has him out for Sunday's game.  Going into that day's action, Correa had put up the following numbers:

.264
10 HR
39 RBI
36 R
2 SB
11.3 BB/9
25.4 K/9
.320 BABIP

When you look at the numbers, Correa is certainly doing the job in home runs, RBI, and Runs scored but his average and steals leave a lot to be desired.  What is crazy is that Correa already seems like his stolen bases days are gone for good despite being just 23.  Correa after all stole a very good 13 bags in 2016 but has gone for 4 total the last season-plus combined.  Then there is the average which is being hurt by Correa's major spoke in K/9; going from 19.1 in 2017 up to this season's 25.4 as he is swinging and missing like never before in his young career.  With a BABIP that is still in lucky territory, Correa is earning his average hit. 

With all that said, Correa is still a supreme talent who can easily turn around the average before you know it and like I said earlier, his numbers in home runs, runs, and RBI are already swell.  Stay patient as a Correa owner as he should be able to earn his first-round keep but taking him over Lindor was not the right call by the looks of it. 


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