21-year-old Carlos Correa has proven in his short time with the Astros that he is a force to be reckoned with. He failed to lose steam after being the draft’s first overall pick, the first Puerto Rican player to do so. Instead, he went on to be the first player in the American League to subsequently win Rookie of the Year. Even Adidas has noted Correa’s potential, having signed him for a major endorsement deal. Skeptics of the Astros can finally step back and realize that the Astros have been rebuilt.
Despite constantly being compared to Alex Rodriguez, it is interesting to look at Carlos Correa next to superstar Derek Jeter. Both Correa and Jeter were drafted straight out of high school at the young age of 17. Both players were recipients of the American League Rookie of the Year Award. The most frequently similarity noted, however, is that both Correa and Jeter are shortstops. Despite the numerous points of comparison, Carlos Correa is not the next Derek Jeter. Correa has indeed said, “I want to be like Derek Jeter…He’s awesome;” however, this statement cannot be taken out of context. When said, Correa was a 17-year-old boy, excited over being the first overall draft pick. Astros Manager A.J. Hinch seems to understand the importance of independence; he stated, “I just want him to be Carlos Correa. I just want him to be himself.”
One striking difference that allows Correa to show his originality is his presence on social media. Jeter actively ignored fan’s cries to interact on social media platforms; however, Correa, having grown up in the age of technology, can be followed on his accounts @TeamCJCorrea. On these platforms, Correa shares behind the scenes pictures, fan interactions, and game highlights. These posts help bring fans closer to Correa and allow them to feel as though they know him personally. The mix of video and photo content brings a great variety to Correa’s accounts.
Correa’s performance impresses Astros fans as well as critics game after game, and he continues to prove he’s not #1 on the field for nothing. Only time will tell what Carlos Correa has in store next.