The Houston Astros and the top overall pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, shorstop Carlos Correa, have officially agreed to terms. The 17-year-old Puerto Rican prospect signed a $4.8 million signing bonus, considerably lower than the $7.2 million slot value assigned to the pick under the new bargaining agreement. With the smaller signing bonus, the Astros figure to be able to sign more of their draft picks easier.
Correa will now report to the Astros rookie-league Gulf Coast affiliate in Kissimmee, Florida, after he returns home to Puerto Rico to graduate high school this coming Sunday (quote courtesy of the AP):
''I just want to get to the big league level the quickest that I can,'' he said. ''I want to be a leader. I want to be the face of the franchise. That's what I want as a player. I will work hard right now to be a great player, an impact player in the big leagues.''