The US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has a long, rich baseball tradition, with players like Roberto Clemente, Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Juan Gonzalez, and Bernie Williams hailing from the island. All of those names, most of which are Hall of Famers or should be, have one thing in common. None of them were taken first in the Major League Baseball draft. Carlos Correa, a shortstop born in Santa Isabela, Puerto, Rico, has become the first Puerto Rican taken number one in the MLB Draft.
“This means a lot,” said Correa, who plays shortstop to be like his idol, Derek Jeter. ”We’ve got a lot of good players there. I feel so excited to be the No. 1 pick. I’ve worked so hard to be here.”
Interestingly, the highest draft pick ever from Puerto Rico prior to Correa was Juan Castro, who was picked 17th by the Houston Astros. Correa’s new professional home is the organization of the Houston Astros. Correa is brilliant defensively and has a great arm, and can easily add weight to his 6’4, 190-pound frame once he reaches the Majors.
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