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The Houston Astros are bringing up top prospect Carlos Correa

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros, who are in first place in the American League West, but who were swept in Toronto this weekend and have lost four in a row, are calling up shortstop Carlos Correa, one of the top prospects in baseball.

Correa, 20, was the #1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, and has split the season between AA Corpus Christi and AAA Fresno.  Correa put up a .385/.459/.726 line for the Hooks, and since going to AAA has put up a .266/.336/.447 line.

With Jed Lowrie injured, Houston has used Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Villar at shortstop.  My assumption is that Correa will be the regular shortstop for the Astros, although there's been talk his eventual position could be third base.  Luis Valbuena has manned the hot corner for Houston this year, and has been underwhelming.

The Rangers are currently 3.5 games back of Houston in the A.L. West, and you have to think that Correa coming up is going to make the Astros better the rest of the way.