Correa turns heads in batting practice: Left standing on deck when Sunday’s Futures Game ended, Quad-Cities shortstop Carlos Correa got a few cuts in at Citi Field in New York City.
The top choice in baseball’s 2012 draft saw late action for the World team in a 4-2 loss to the United States in the all-star week event that features the game’s top prospects, but Correa did turn a few heads in batting practice.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound shortstop drove a couple of balls into the upper reaches of Citi Field during what CBSSports.com labeled an impressive batting practice display.
“He was much bigger than I realized, and (for his size) he moved quick as he fetched balls on the field. He launched some long home runs into the second deck during batting practice," Mike Axisa wrote on the website.
Selected by a fan vote to fill the final roster spot for the World team, the youngest player on either roster at age 18 got into the game as a defensive replacement at shortstop in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The World team put two runners on in the top of the ninth but ran out of outs before Correa got his first chance for at-bat.
Kolten Wong, a second baseman on Quad-Cities’ 2011 Midwest League championship team, played for the U.S. team and went 1-for-2 with a stolen base.
“It was a good honor for him to go there and be part of it, although it would have been nice for him to have gotten an at-bat," River Bandits manager Omar Lopez said. “We all wanted to see that."
- Steve Batterson