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Carlos Correa drafted first by Astros

Kevin Kaduk
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In a relatively surprising move, the Houston Astros selected Carlos Correa with the first pick of  Major League Baseball's amateur draft on Monday night.

The 17-year-old shortstop out of Puerto Rico Baseball Academy  was ranked near the top of many draft boards, but most pundits had Houston GM Jeff Luhnow going with Stanford pitcher Mark Appel or Georgia high school outfielder Byron Buxton. Correa is the first player born in Puerto Rico to be drafted first overall.

"We really felt like Carlos has the chance to be an impact player in Houston for a very long time," Luhnow said on MLB Network after the pick.  "Getting a young player like this who could turn into a superstar was really our main priority."

At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Correa has drawn some tantalizing comparisons to a young Alex Rodriguez. He's even slated to attend the University of Miami, which is where Alex Rodriguez was headed before being drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1993.

Here's MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo breaking down film of Correa:

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus had Correa going to the Mariners at No. 3, but also had him rated the "No. 1 talent" in the draft. "I'm surprised, but have nothing but praise for that pick," Goldstein tweeted.

Elsewhere, Jim Callis of Baseball America had Correa ranked second on his prospect list behind Buxton while Mayo projected that Correa would fall to the San Diego Padres at No. 7.

The Minnesota Twins selected Buxton with the second pick of the draft while the Mariners went with Florida catcher Mike Zunino at third overall. Appel, who is represented by Scott Boras, fell all the way to the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 8.

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