The Houston Astros are winning, but that won't change their line of thinking regarding Carlos Correa's development.
"I think he's close to being major league ready but I do think he's benefitting from his time there," Jeff Luhnow said. "He's seeing a lot of offspeed pitching that he hasn't seen before. He's learning how to make adjustments. One of the impressive things is how he will make adjustments in a single game and sometimes even in a single at-bat. For a 20-year-old kid to be able to do that against pitchers that have already been in the big leagues, I think that's pretty impressive."
Correa, who was the first overall pick in 2012, was rated as a top-five prospect entering the season across the board. He's hitting .270/.347/.476 in 72 plate appearances for Triple-A Fresno.
Luhnow was asked how he'd feel if Correa remains in the minors and Houston misses the playoffs by a game or two come September.
"No. You can't second guess," Luhnow said. "You do what's best for the organization and you never know what could — if you end up missing the playoffs by a game, there' so many different things — managerial moves, roster moves, player performances — you could argue that Marwin (Gonzalez has) won a game with a couple of his hits.
"Jonathan Villar's done some good things, so everybody on this team has contributed to some of our wins and if you take them out — you don't know. The hypothetical what-ifs is not something that is productive. We feel like Carlos has a chance to help this team this year. But he's not at that point right now. There's no guarantee that he's going to help us more than the guys we have right now, at this point. Now it could become more obvious as the summer moves on."