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The 18-year-old Correa, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base as starting shortstop for the Astros in their 6-2 loss to the Mets on Wednesday night in Port St. Lucie, said the Minor League roster assignments were posted earlier in the day, but he didn’t see them because he was traveling with the big club.
“I think I’m going to Quad Cities, Iowa, and I’m pretty excited about being there and doing my best,” he said.
Correa joined fellow top prospects Jonathan Singleton, George Springer and Delino DeShields Jr. in traveling with the Astros so manager Bo Porter could give some of his regulars the day off.
“Being here and playing with the big league club is an amazing experience and you’re here with the big league manager and all that you learned, all that you worked for, you try to show it here,” he said. “It’s pretty fun.”
Correa said his first spring in professional baseball went well.
“Spring was really good,” he said. “So far, there’s new coaches so they have been helping us a lot and they know a lot. I’m very excited about starting the season this year. We’ve prepared ourselves really good this spring, so we’re really excited.”
What happened: Lucas Harrell threw four scoreless, hitless innings and Rene Garcia broke a tie in the eighth with a two-run single to lead the Astros to a 4-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday night at Space Coast Stadium (boxscore).
What we learned: RHP Lucas Harrell appears to be over his groin problems. Harrell, who missed his turn in the rotation a week ago because of a strained groin, threw four hitless innings and walked a pair of batters in his fourth start of the spring.
“Last time I pitched against them I went in a lot, so I was trying to work on going down and away,” Harrell said. “Working with [catcher Carlos] Corporan, we were on the same page all game and I threw a lot of changeups, threw a couple of curveballs, threw some sliders. It wasn’t real good today but it’s something I can address the next few days.”
What we learned II: SS Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s Draft, can handle the bright lights. At least in Spring Training anyway. Correa stroked a game-tying RBI single to left field off Drew Storen in the eighth inning on the first pitch he saw in Grapefruit League action and wound up going 1-for-2 with a stolen base.
“My first experience in a big league game, even though it was in Spring Training, it was a lot of fun to be with the players over here and play against the Washington Nationals,” Correa said. “It was a really great experience for me.”
What else: RHP Edgar Gonzalez continues to solidify his role as a long reliever by throwing three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two batters. … RHP Hector Ambriz threw a scoreless fifth inning. … OF Trevor Crowe went 3-for-5 with a double. … OF Rick Ankiel launched a towering home run in the fourth inning off Stephen Strasburg and is hitting .429 this spring.
What went wrong: The Astros let a pop up in the infield drop in the sixth inning on a ball that clicked off the glove of 3B Marwin Gonzalez. The error allowed a pair of unearned runs to score with two outs.
What they said: “You have to be appreciative for this stuff. I just got drafted last year and they invited me to play here. All the hard work is playing off and I have to be thankful for the opportunity they gave me to play over here.” — Astros prospect Carlos Correa on joining the big league team for Saturday’s game.
What’s next: RHP Bud Norris, who could start for the Astros on Opening Day, makes his fourth appearance of the spring when the Astros meet the Blue Jays at 12:05 p.m. CT on Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla. Norris (1-0, 7.27) has appeared in three Grapefruit League games, allowing 11 hits and seven earned runs in 8 2/3 innings. LHP Erik Bedard, who’s been limited to two games this spring because of a strained gluteal muscle, will also get on the mound. The game will be carried on CSN Houston with Bill Brown and Steve Sparks calling the action.
Who’s injured: OF Fernando Martinez left Saturday’s game with tightness in his lower back.
Tweet of the day: GM Jeff Luhnow on SS Marwin Gonzalez’s tremendous play behind second base in the second inning:
Marwin made an incredible play… webgem worthy!—
Jeff Luhnow (@jluhnow) March 16, 2013
Links of the day: Astros notebook has more on prospects Carlos Correa, Jonathan Singleton and Domingo Santana joining the Major League club, Dave Clark’s thoughts on getting knocked down by a ball during batting practice, Lucas Harrell talking about his outing and why manager Bo Porter chose to forgo the DH for Saturday’s game.
Here’s what Astros first-round pick Carlos Correa had to say about being selected by Houston:
“It means a lot to me. It’s history, man,” said Correa. “I’m the first Puerto Rican to be selected with the first pick. I just feel happy. I’m only 17 years old, but I’ve just worked hard and my father was always there with me, helping me out and throwing with me every day. …All the sacrifices pay off.”
Correa on the Astros’ interest:
“They tell me that they had me in their mix, but I was like, ‘Hey there are college players and I’m only 17 years old.’ But when they picked me, I was so happy. I was really excited.”
Correa on playing at Puerto Rican Academy:
“My development down there was great. They worked hard with me on all the little things that I was missing. We made it. We’re here right now.”
Correa on his routine in Puerto Rico:
“Every day when I was at school, I was waking up at 5 o clock in the morning to go to school, and then I arrived home at 6 p.m. after doing some work at the school and taking classes. Then I’d go back home and my father works with me. He throws me BP, he hit me some ground balls.”
Correa on his goals:
“I just want to be a big-leaguer and be a Hall-of-Famer. the energy comes from that [ambition], working hard to be the best that you can. That’s what I’ve been doing all season long. Working hard, never backing down. And now we’re here and I’m the first pick. I’m so excited.”
Correa on possibly moving to third:
“There are some people saying that I will be a third baseman. I think I have the ability and I will work hard. I want to be at shortstop in the big leagues and i want to be one of the best.”
Correa on his emotions:
“I’m just excited right now. Being the first pick is just awesome. I feel good because all the hard work pays off. That’s what I’ve been doing all season long [and] all three years that I’ve been in high school. I’ve worked hard to be here.”