Former Quad Cities River Bandits shortstop Carlos Correa went deep Friday to set a new Houston Astros rookie record for home runs.
Correa now has 22 homers, one more than Lance Berkman hit as an Astros rookie in 2000. Berkman set the record in 114 games; Correa needed only 97 games to break it.
Correa’s previous two homers came in the same game last week, tying and breaking Dickie Thon’s single-season record for home runs by an Astros shortstop (20 in 1983).
Both Correa and Thon played for Quad Cities. Correa batted .320 with 9 HR, 86 RBI and 10 SB in 117 games with the 2013 River Bandits. Thon batted .276 with 1 HR, 32 RBI and 19 SB in 69 games with the 1976 Quad City Angels, a team that also included 15-year MLB veteran Carney Lansford and current Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
Correa is in a tight race with Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Michael Baumann recently wrote about that topic for Grantland in a piece you can read here.
Lindor also is a former Midwest Leaguer. He batted .257 with 6 HR, 42 RBI and 27 SB in 122 games with the 2012 Lake County Captains.