Astros promote top prospect Carlos Correa to the major leagues


Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have called top prospect Carlos Correa to the major leagues, ahead of a three-game road series against the White Sox. Speculation of Correa’s promotion had been mounting recently and the first-place Astros certainly could use an upgrade over current shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, who has posted a .586 OPS.

Correa, 20, was the Astros’ first-round pick (first overall) in the 2012 draft from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. He hit .385/.459/.726 with Double-A Corpus Christi to begin the year before earning a promotion to Triple-A Fresno in mid-May. In 107 PA with Fresno, Correa has a .266/.336/.447 triple-slash line.

Correa was rated as a consensus top-five prospect overall in baseball, according to Baseball America,, and Baseball Prospectus.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.