Astros top prospect and former No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa injured his ankle over the weekend and today general manager Jeff Luhnow told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle that the Single-A shortstop is expected to “miss a significant period of time.”
He suffered the injury while sliding into third base on a triple Saturday and had to be carted off the field. There’s no official announcement yet on the injury because the team is waiting for Correa to be examined further by an ankle specialist.
It’s a shame, because Correa has been fantastic this season, hitting .325 with power and speed while being one of the youngest players in the California League at age 19, and Ortiz writes that he appeared to be on the verge of a promotion to Double-A.
At times the Astros have been criticized for passing on Byron Buxton to select Correa first overall in the 2012, but Buxton has yet to play in the Twins organization this season due to a spring training wrist injury and Correa has emerged as a consensus top-10 prospect himself this year.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: