WWE fans such as myself know Adrian Neville as “The New Sensation”. However, two men who one day may both be the next MLB’s New Sensation made their debuts in the past week.
On Monday June 8th, MLB.com’s #2 Prospect Carlos Correa made his MLB debut for the Houston Astros against the Chicago White Sox. The 20 year-old shortstop is the first player in MLB history to be granted his first hit and RBI on the same play via video review. In his second at-bat, Correa was originally called out at first on a close throw from White Sox shortstop Alexi Ramirez, but Astros manager AJ Hinch came out to use his challenge, which was eventually overturned. Correa was awarded a base hit and an RBI. That would be the only offense the Astros could muster against all-star left-hander Chris Sale as the Astros lost 3-1, but Correa made an instant impact for his team. The following night against southpaw thrower Zach Duke, Correa hit his first MLB home run, a 2-run shot, in the top of the 9th inning in a 4-2 loss.
Not long after Correa got his first taste of the big leagues, the only man ahead of him on the MLB.com Top 100 got his call to the show. 21-year-old Byron Buxton was called up by the Twins from Double-A New Britain to aid a depleted outfield. The #1 ranked prospect according to MLB.com made his debut on Sunday afternoon against the Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Buxton hit into outs in his first three plate appearances, but reached on a fielder’s choice by Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson in the top of the 9th. Buxton then motored all the way around from first to score off of a Eddie Rosiaro double, which proved to be the game-winning run as the Twins held on to win, 4-3. His first hit is yet to come, but Buxton can take a huge positive away from his first game.
Correa and Buxton are two immensely talented players that have already showed only a fragment of their anticipated potentials in their debuts. Both may be sent back to the minor leagues at some point this season, but both players have made a solid first impression, which is proof that a big and bright future is ahead for these two youngsters.
Wrote by: @Flat_Manigen74