Houston Astros owner Jim Crane says the team has a verbal agreement with top overall draft pick Carlos Correa and that the Astros expect to sign him on Thursday.
Crane revealed Wednesday that the team had a verbal agreement in place with the Puerto Rican shortstop when they drafted him. He says Correa will be in Houston on Thursday and that they expect to sign him after he passes his physical.
On Monday, the 17-year-old became the highest player ever drafted from Puerto Rico. He was also the first shortstop taken first overall since Tampa Bay chose Tim Beckham in 2008, and the fourth shortstop taken with the top pick since 1994.
Correa, who is 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, is committed to the University of Miami.