The Houston Astros took Carlos Correa, a 17-year-old shortstop, with the first pick in the 2012 MLB Draft on Monday.
The Astros shocked the baseball world when it made Correa the first player from Puerto Rico to be taken No. 1 overall. Many had expected Houston to draft either Stanford pitcher Mark Appel or high school outfielder Byron Buxton with the top overall pick, but Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow opted for Correa in the final hour.
It was the first time the Astros have had the top pick since they drafted Phil Nevin in the 1992 draft. Nevin had a successful baseball career before retiring in 2004, but many Astros fans still wonder what could have been had they drafted Derek Jeter, who was taken with the fifth overall pick by the New York Yankees. Jeter has put together a Hall of Fame career with more than 3,000 hits and multiple World Series rings with the Yankees.
That history wasn't lost on Correa, who plays the same position as Jeter.
I have read about that, Correa told reporters about Jeter. I want to be like him. He's awesome.
Luhnow believes Correa has the potential to be a star and could hit 20-30 home runs while in the majors. He will be the cornerstone piece as the Astros rebuild their franchise, but right now he is just ecstatic about being taken first overall.
It means a lot to me. It's history, man, Correa told MLB.com. 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.
Following the Astros taking Correa, the Minnesota Twins took Buxton with the second overall pick and the Seattle Mariners followed with catcher Mike Zunino. Rounding out the top five, the Baltimore Orioles took LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman and the Kansas City Royals took pitcher Kyle Zimmer.
Here are the full first round 2012 MLB Draft results:
1. Houston Astros -- Carlos Correa: SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
2. Minnesota Twins -- Byron Buxton: OF, Appling County (Ga.) HS
3. Seattle Mariners -- Mike Zunino: C, Florida
4. Baltimore Orioles -- Kevin Gausman: RHP, Louisiana State
5. Kansas City Royals -- Kyle Zimmer: RHP, San Francisco
6. Chicago Cubs -- Albert Almora: OF, Mater Academy (Fla.) HS
7. San Diego Padres -- Max Fried: LHP, Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) HS
8. Pittsburgh Pirates -- Mark Appel: RHP, Stanford
9. Miami Marlins -- Andrew Heaney: LHP, Oklahoma State
10. Colorado Rockies -- David Dahl: OF, Oak Mountain (Ala.) HS
11. Oakland A's -- Addison Russell: SS, Pace (Fla.) HS
12. New York Mets -- Gavin Cecchini: SS, Barbe (La.) HS
13. Chicago White Sox -- Courtney Hawkins: OF, Carroll (Texas) HS
14. Cincinnati Reds -- Nick Travieso: RHP, Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.) HS
15. Cleveland Indians -- Tyler Naquin: OF, Texas A&M
16. Washington Nationals -- Lucas Giolito: RHP, Harvard Westlake (Calif.) HS
17. Toronto Blue Jays -- D.J. Davis: OF, Wiggins (Miss.) HS
18. Los Angeles Dodgers -- Corey Seager: 3B, Northwest Cabarrus (N.C.) HS
19. St. Louis Cardinals (from Angels for Albert Pujols) -- Michael Wacha: RHP, Texas A&M
20. San Francisco Giants -- Chirs Stratton: RHP, Mississippi State
21. Atlanta Braves -- Lucas Sims: RHP, Brookwood (Ga.) HS
22. Toronto Blue Jays -- Marcus Stroman: RHP, Duke
23. ST. Louis Cardinals -- James Ramsey: OF, Florida State
24. Boston Red Sox -- Deven Marrero: SS, Arizona State
25. Tampa Bay Rays -- Richie Shaffer: 3B, Clemson
26. Arizona Diamondbacks -- Stryker Trahan: C, Acadiana (La.) HS
27. Milwaukee Brewers (from Tigers for Prince Fielder) -- Clint Coulter: C, Union (Wash.) HS
28. Milwaukee Brewers -- Victor Roache: OF, Georgia Southern
29. Texas Rangers -- Lewis Brinson: OF, Coral Springs (Fla.) HS
30. New York Yankees -- Ty Hensley: RHP, Santa Fe (Okla.) HS
31. Boston Red Sox -- (from Phillies for Jonathan Papelbon) -- Brian Johnson: LHP, Florida