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Astros to call up Carlos Correa: The fantasy impact

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Ray offers his thoughts on the Astros announcement to call up the top prospect in the game.

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The Astros lost a hear-breaking game to the Blue Jays, and have lost four in a row and six of their last ten games, so they have called up the top prospect in the game shortstop Carlos Correa. Here is the official announcement from the Astros Twitter account:

Here is a quote from Astros GM Jeff Luhnow via Astros.com:

"Carlos has performed extremely well at every level of our Minor League system," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We feel he has earned this promotion and look forward to him joining our ballclub. Since he is just 20 years old, we do not have unrealistic expectations of Carlos. However, his performance on the field and his maturity indicate that he is ready to contribute on the Major League level."

I am curious where he will hit in the Astros lineup, but I have to think he will hit in the middle of their lineup. In Sunday's lineup, manager A.J. Hinch batted Evan Gattis in the three hole and Colby Rasmus in the clean up spot, so batting Correa in the third spot in the lineup makes sense to me. With outfielder George Springer leading off, and second baseman Jose Altuve hitting second, Correa would fit nicely in the three hole.

Correa tore up AA pitching this season, hitting .385-.459-.726 with 7 home runs, 25 runs scored, 32 RBI and 15 stolen bases in just 133 plate appearances. He was promoted to AAA back on May 11th and was hitting .266-.336-.447 with 3 home runs, 18 runs scored. 11 RBI and 3 stolen bases in just over 100 plate appearances.

Just yesterday, our own Jason Hunt ranked Correa as his top fantasy prospect for the rest of the season in his Week 10 Buy and Hold, and here is what he wrote about him:

Well, we haven't seen Correa get the call yet, and while the Astros no longer have the best record in baseball, they are still holding the best record in the AL and a solid 4.5 game lead in the division. Correa remains the best possible upgrade the team could make in the short-term.

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow agreed with Jason. Correa will replace Jonathan Villar at shortstop tomorrow in Chicago. With the team struggling of late, he should provide a spark to the young club that is leading the American League West by 3.5 games.

The next question is, how will Correa perform upon his call up? I think he could be one of the top 7-8 fantasy shortstops the rest of the way, adding power and some speed to a position that has thinned out this year, due to down seasons from Starlin Castro, Troy Tulowitzki, Ian Desmond and others.

For more on the Correa callup, make sure you check out The Crawfish Boxes, SB Nation's Astros fan site.