The Houston Astros decided they weren’t going to pass on a talented shortstop with the top pick in the draft this time around.
Houston took Puerto Rican (or in the words of Bud Selig, Porto Rican) shortstop Carlos Correa with the No. 1 draft pick on Monday night, apparently attempting to avoid the mistake it made the last time it picked first by taking Phil Nevin ahead of Derek Jeter 20 years ago. Jeter, of course, is a future Hall of Famer and the cornerstone of the Yankees’ franchise revival of the mid-90s to present, while Nevin is generally regarded one of the biggest douchebags to put on a baseball uniform — and thus one of the biggest douchebags to put on any article of clothing.
The Astros are obviously high on Correa, who at 17 is probably at least three years away from The Show.
Will he be a star once he gets there?
A look back at the top picks since the ‘Stros took Nevin in 1992 reveals mixed bag of stars and busts.
1992 — Phil Nevin, Astros: Nevin was worthless to the A...