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As positions players continue to trickle in to Astros camp, the club welcomed former No. 1 overall Draft pick Carlos Correa into the fold on Monday. Correa showed up two days ahead of the reporting date for position players and took batting practice with a large group of players.
“It feels great,” Correa said. “It’s a whole new experience for me, being out here with these kinds of players in big league camp. It’s a really good experience for me, something unbelievable.”
Correa joins fellow former No. 1 overall pick – pitcher Mark Appel, who was taken with the top stop last year – and top prospects George Springer and Mike Foltynewicz in camp this year. It’s the first Major League camp for all but Springer.
“They get an opportunity to participate in Major League Spring Training and get around Major League players that have experience, who have been productive at this level,” manager Bo Porter said. “I actually think it can only speed up their learning curve to be around veteran guys who have done the job in which one day they aspire to do.”
Among the other position players showing up at camp Monday were outfielder L.J. Hoes and designated hitter Chris Carter.
Check out Astros.com later today for more information on these items:
- RHP Alex White threw his third session of live batting practice since undergoing Tommy John surgery nearly a year.
- RHP Jesse Crain gave an update on where stands following biceps tendon surgery in October.
- OF Delino DeShields was all smiles Monday, one day after his younger sister, Diamond, scored 38 points for the University of North Carolina in a win over North Carolina State.
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