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Callis: Correa tops list of first-year players with long-term potential

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MLB.com's Jim Callis picks Astros shortstop Carlos Correa as his top rookie with the brightest future.

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It's been a special year for the Astros and Carlos Correa. The honors continue to roll in for Correa. MLB.com's senior writer Jim Callis selected Correa as the top 2015 rookie with the most long-term potential. A top mark for a class that includes Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell, Miguel Sano, Noah Syndergaard, and Joc Pederson.

It's a very special class of rookies and Correa is deserving to be at the top. He has burst on to the scene, and probably would have dropped from the playoff race much soon without him there. Correa is batting .277 (98x354) with 19 home runs, 45 runs scored, 22 doubles, 58 RBIs, 37 walks, and 12 stolen bases.

Callis sad of Correa:

While he seemed destined for greatness, becoming arguably the best shortstop in baseball at age 20 wasn't expected. Correa is an even better hitter and defender than scouts believed he was when Houston drafted him No. 1 overall in 2012, and he's just beginning to tap into his prodigious raw power.