With the No. 1 pick in this evening’s 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Astros selected Puerto Rico Baseball Academy shortstop Carlos Correa.
Marc Hulet of Fangraphs offered up his take on Correa moments after the selection:
Correa was my personal favorite for the first overall pick. A big shortstop, he is very athletic and could stick at the position as long as he doesn’t keep growing. However, he may have the tools to be an above-average third baseman, as well. He has a very impressive approach at the plate with a well-balanced stance and smooth swing with excellent bat speed; he should hit for both power and average.
Rounding out the top ten:
2. Twins: Appling County High School (Georgia) outfielder Byron Buxton
3. Mariners: University of Florida catcher Mike Zunino
The best college bat available in the draft also happens to be a catcher, which makes him even more valuable. Zunino has the defensive chops to remain behind the dish with solid skills. At the plate he projects to have average offensive skills and slightly-above average power potential.
4. Orioles: LSU right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman
5. Royals: University of San Francisco right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer
A very athletic pitcher (He actually came to college as a hitter) who hasn’t been focusing on pitching that long, Zimmer has made huge strides in a short period of time. There are some injury concerns with him but his fastball sits in the mid-90s and he also shows a potentially-plus curveball.
6. Cubs: Mater Academy (Florida) outfielder Albert Almora
7. Padres: Harvard-Westlake High School (California) left-handed pitcher Max Fried
. . . Fried has an outstanding pitcher’s frame at 6′4′’ and an advanced approach on the mound. His repertoire has a huge range at 89-94 mph and he also features a potentially-plus curveball and a very good changeup for a prep pitcher.
8. Pirates: Stanford University right-handed pitcher Mark Appel
9. Marlins: Oklahoma State University left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney
The best college left-hander in the draft, Heaney shows solid command of a low-90s fastball. His repertoire also includes a solid curveball and a changeup. The southpaw has the potential to move quickly through the minor leagues.
10. Rockies: Oak Mountain High School (Alabama) outfielder David Dahl
Full draft coverage may be found here.
Meanwhile, there is also sad news to pass along. Sixty-five-year-old Pedro Borbon, the Reds’ all-time leader in pitcher appearances and owner of two World Series rings, passed away, reportedly as a result of cancer complications.
Older Mets fans are likely to remember Borbon for showcasing his oral talents following an on-field brawl during the 1973 NLCS.
The Mets were routing the Reds 9-2 in Game 3 of the NLCS when Pete Rose slid hard into Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson at second base to try to break up a double play. Rose was upset about comments Harrelson had made in the press and shoved Harrelson, who swung his elbow. Fists started flying as both benches emptied. Pedro Borbon of the Reds and Buzz Capra of the Mets also went mano a mano, with Borbon ending up with the wrong cap — a Mets cap — on his head. When he realized what he had done, he bit a chunk out of it.