The Minnesota Twins made what could very well be the signing of the offseason several days ago: they secured the services of shortstop Carlos Correa on a three-year, $105.3 million deal with two opt-outs.
Correa is perhaps the best fielding shortstop in the game right now and hit .279/.366/.485 with 26 home runs, 104 runs, and 92 RBI in 2021 with the Houston Astros.
He is already starting to showcase his power in spring training, even if he didn’t start at the same time as his teammates.
“Carlos Correa’s first spring HR in a Twins uniform was crushed,” the FOX Sports MLB Twitter account posted on Tuesday afternoon, and they were right in every word: that pitch was absolutely demolished.
Carlos Correa's first spring HR in a Twins uniform was crushed 💥
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 29, 2022
Correa Is Already Starting To Show His Considerable Power
The blast, which apparently left the stadium, came against the Tampa Bay Rays, theoretically one of the Twins’ direct rivals in the quest for a playoff spot even though the two teams aren’t in the same division.
If the Twins are going to make some noise in the American League and, specifically, the AL Central division, they are going to need Correa at his best with the bat.
We all know he can field, but he hasn’t been the most consistent hitter to this point in his career, but has the potential to take over any given game.
He already has 18 postseason home runs, for example, and he is just 27.
Correa maintains the option of getting out of his deal with Minnesota after the 2022 campaign if he has a good season, but if it means he did well enough to take the Twins to the playoffs, the franchise will be more than happy.