Astros prospect Correa could help PR in future

Astros prospect Correa could help PR in future

MIAMI -- Puerto Rico already has made a strong impression at the World Baseball Classic, and its future in international play promises to be bright.

In upcoming Classics, chances are Puerto Rico will feature shortstop sensation Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Astros.

Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Wednesday afternoon that he pursued carrying Correa and Indians prospect, Francisco Lindor, as non-roster players.

Rodriguez approached Major League Baseball about the keeping the two teenagers on the bench for the experience, and the understanding they wouldn't play.

Because MLB places a limit on the number of people who can be in uniform on the bench, the idea fizzled.

Correa, 18, is entering his first full season of professional baseball as the Astros' No. 2 prospect. Lindor, 19, is a shortstop and the Indians' top prospect.

"I tried to bring [Correa] in," Rodriguez said. "I extended an invitation, but MLB did not allow him. Other than that, I think that eventually he will be here."

Correa played for Rodriguez, who manages in Puerto Rico.

"I thought that he still needed a little bit more work offensively," Rodriguez said.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.