The Houston Astros have announced that top prospect, SS Carlos Correa, is done for the season with a broken right fibula. He is expected to be ready for the 2015 season after undergoing surgery yesterday in Houston. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow confirmed that he should be ready for Spring Training next year.
Correa injured his right leg while sliding into third base with a triple to left field on Saturday night for the high-A Lancaster JetHawks in Lancaster, CA. He was unable to leave the field on his own power and was carried off by teammates.
The 19-year-old Correa was hitting .325 with six home runs, 57 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 62 games.
Correa, the number one pick in the 2012 MLB draft, was listed as one of the top ten prospects by many baseball publications coming into this season, including Baseball America and MLB.com. He did nothing to hurt his ranking when he was on the field this year.
This injury will likely slow down the timetable for Correa’s arrival in Houston, though many scouts thought he could be with the Astros by late 2015. He likely won’t make his major league debut now until sometime in 2016.
Even then, Correa will still only be 21-years-old.
Correa was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game at Target Field before this year’s MLB All-Star Game. This was to be his second consecutive appearance in the Futures Game. He was selected by fan vote for the 2013 game, and entered the game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement.