Astros announce signing of No. 1 draft pick Correa

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The Houston Astros officially announced the signing of 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in this week's Major League draft, at a news conference on Thursday.
Correa passed his physical Thursday, and he was surrounded by his family and Astros officials at Thursday's announcement.
"I want to be a leader. I want to be the face of the franchise," Correa said. "My goal is to reach the Hall of Fame."
Correa received a signing bonus of $4.8 million, according to the Houston Chronicle, and that is well below the slot value of $7.2 million. The Astros will use the $2.4 million they are saving on Correa to try to sign later picks.
Correa will return to Puerto Rico for graduation at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy on Sunday. Two days later, he will report to extended spring training in Kissimmee, Fla. He will begin the season in the Astros' Gulf Coast League affiliate in Kissimmee.