The 17-year-old has the size (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) and athleticism that it will take to play shortstop at the highest level. He's got power potential with the bat, as well, which is why Houston made him the highest pick ever to come out of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy.
"I feel so excited to be the No. 1 pick," Correa told MLB Network. "I'm proud to be here and I'm excited. This means a lot -- I have been working hard."
The Twins followed by taking toolsy high school outfielder Byron Buxton, who impressed last summer at a number of showcases. Then the Mariners selected Mike Zunino, a player who has the chance be a strong everyday catcher.
Stanford hurler Mark Appel, who was reportedly in the mix to be No. 1 overall, fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the No. 8 spot. Though signability could be an issue for the right-hander, that was also the case last year with Josh Bell, whom the Pirates drafted in the second round and gave a $5 million signing bonus. Teams, however, will be subject to spending caps for the first time this season.
The Padres selected left-hander Max Fried seventh overall out of Harvard-Westlake High School, and the Nationals took teammate Lucas Giolito at No. 16. The two pitchers are the first high-school teammates to go in the first round since Mike Moustakas and Matt Dominguez were both selected out of Chatsworth High School in 2007.
Gavin Cecchini, brother of Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini, went to the Mets at pick No. 12. He is said to be even faster than his sibling, who has 19 steals in 50 games for the Class A Greenville Drive this year.
The highlight of the first round might have been when Courtney Hawkins, the White Sox's pick at No. 13, showed off his athleticism by completing a standing backflip. What did general manager Kenny Williams think about his draftee's impressive display?
"He said no more flips," Hawkins told MLB Network.
Left-hander Brian Johnson of the University of Florida was taken by the Red Sox at No. 31, joining college teammate Zunino in the first round. Texas A&M also landed a pair of players in the opening round, as outfielder Tyler Naquin was taken by the Indians at No. 15 and right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha went to the Cardinals four picks later.
After Oklahoma saw prep hurlers Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley go in the top seven picks last year, the state produced another first-rounder in righty Ty Hensley, whom the Yankees took with the 30th overall selection.
2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft picks at a glance:
|1||Carlos Correa, SS||Houston Astros||Puerto Rico BB Academy|
|2||Byron Buxton, OF||Minnesota Twins||Appling County (Ga.) HS|
|3||Mike Zunino, C||Seattle Mariners||University of Florida|
|4||Kevin Gausman, RHP||Baltimore Orioles||Louisiana State|
|5||Kyle Zimmer, RHP||Kansas City Royals||University of San Francisco|
|6||Albert Almora, OF||Chicago Cubs||Mater Academy Charter School (Fla.)|
|7||Max Fried, LHP||San Diego Padres||Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) HS|
|8||Mark Appel, RHP||Pittsburgh Pirates||Stanford|
|9||Andrew Heaney, LHP||Miami Marlins||Oklahoma State|
|10||David Dahl, OF||Colorado Rockies||Oak Mountain (Ala.) HS|
|11||Addison Russell, SS||Oakland A's||Pace (Fla.) HS|
|12||Gavin Cecchini, SS||New York Mets||Barbe (La.) HS|
|13||Courtney Hawkins, OF||Chicago White Sox||Carroll (Texas) HS|
|14||Nick Travieso, RHP||Cincinnati Reds||Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.) HS|
|15||Tyler Naquin, OF||Cleveland Indians||Texas A&M|
|16||Lucas Giolito, RHP||Washington Nationals||Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) HS|
|17||D.J. Davis, OF||Toronto Blue Jays||Stone County (Miss.) HS|
|18||Corey Seager, SS||Los Angeles Dodgers||Stone County (N.C.) HS|
|19||Michael Wacha, RHP||St. Louis Cardinals||Texas A&M|
|20||Chris Stratton, RHP||San Francisco Giants||Mississippi State|
|21||Lucas Sims, RHP||Atlanta Braves||Brookwood (Ga.) HS|
|22||Marcus Stroman, RHP||Toronto Blue Jays||Duke|
|23||James Ramsey, OF||St. Louis Cardinals||Florida State|
|24||Deven Marrero, SS||Boston Red Sox||Arizona State|
|25||Richie Shaffer, 3B||Tampa Bay Rays||Clemson|
|26||Stryker Trahan, C||Arizona D-backs||Acadiana (La.) HS|
|27||Clint Coulter, C||Milwaukee Brewers||Union (Wash.) HS|
|28||Victor Roache, OF||Milwaukee Brewers||Georgia Southern|
|29||Lewis Brinson, OF||Texas Rangers||Coral Springs (Fla.) HS|
|30||Ty Hensley, RHP||New York Yankees||Edmond Santa Fe (Okla.) HS|
|31||Brian Johnson, LHP||Boston Red Sox||University of Florida|
Compensation Round A
|32||Jose Berrios, RHP||Minnesota Twins||Papa Juan XXIII HS (P.R.)|
|33||Zach Eflin, RHP||San Diego Padres||Hagerty (Fla.) HS|
|34||Daniel Robertson, SS||Oakland A's||Upland (Calif.) HS|
|35||Kevin Plawecki, C||New York Mets||Purdue|
|36||Stephen Piscotty, 3B||St. Louis Cardinals||Stanford|
|37||Pat Light, RHP||Boston Red Sox||Monmouth University|
|38||Mitch Haniger, OF||Milwaukee Brewers||Cal Poly|
|39||Joey Gallo, 3B||Texas Rangers||Bishop Gorman (Nev.) HS|
|40||Shane Watson, RHP||Philadelphia Phillies||Lakewood (Calif.) HS|
|41||Lance McCullers, RHP||Houston Astros||Jesuit (Fla.) HS|
|42||Luke Bard, RHP||Minnesota Twins||Georgia Tech|
|43||Pierce Johnson, RHP||Chicago Cubs||Missouri State|
|44||Travis Jankowski, OF||San Diego Padres||SUNY Stony Brook|
|45||Barrett Barnes, OF||Pittsburhg Pirates||Texas Tech|
|46||Eddie Butler, RHP||Colorado Rockies||Radfurd University|
|47||Matt Olson, 1B||Oakland A's||Parkview (Ga.) HS|
|48||Keon Barnum, 1B||Chicago White Sox||King (Fla.) HS|
|49||Jesse Winker, OF||Cincinnati Reds||Olympia (Fla.) HS|
|50||Matt Smoral, LHP||Toronto Blue Jays||Solon (Ohio) HS|
|51||Jesmuel Valentin, SS||Los Angeles Dodgers||Puerto Rico BB Academy|
|52||Patrick Wisdom, 3B||St. Louis Cardinals||St. Marys|
|53||Collin Wiles, RHP||Texas Rangers||Blue Valley West (Kan.) HS|
|54||Mitch Gueller, RHP||Philadelphia Phillies||W. F. West (Wash.) HS|
|55||Walker Weickel, RHP||San Diego Padres||Olympia (Fla.) HS|
|56||Paul Blackburn, RHP||Chicago Cubs||Heritage (Calif.) HS|
|57||Jeff Gelalich, OF||Cincinnati Reds||UCLA|
|58||Mitch Nay, 3B||Toronto Blue Jays||Hamilton (Ariz.) HS|
|59||Steve Bean, C||St. Louis Cardinals||Rockwall (Texas) HS|
|60||Tyler Gonzales, RHP||Toronto Blue Jays||James Madison (Texas) HS|