HOUSTON - Jean Carlos Correa, younger brother of the American League Rookie of the Year, has signed to play at Alvin Community College.
Jean Carlos, at 5-10 and 160 pounds, is not as big as Carlos, but like his brother he also plays shortstop.
“We brought him in as an incoming 2016 recruit,” said Dolphins coach Jason Schreiber. “He signed a letter of intent, and he plans on playing baseball close to his brother.”
Schreiber knows the signing will bring his program additional attention, but the move is hardly about publicity for Alvin Community College.
“It’s very exciting. We’re excited about the kid as a player, not just because he’s Carlos Correa’s brother,” Schreiber said. “I think he’s going to be a heck of a player for us.
“He’s going to be a good defensive player right now. He does have some pop at the plate. He’s not as tall as his brother, but he’s very fast, moves well and is very good defensively.”
Schreiber, who played at the University of Houston in the late 1990s, gives a lot of the credit for landing Jean Carlos to a member of his staff.
“My assistant, who does a great job with our recruiting, Mike Partida, he has a connection in Florida,” Schreiber said. “A lot of the Florida schools were recruiting him, and he wanted to be closer to his brother.
“The great thing about Alvin, we’re about 25 minutes from MLB games. It works out well.”
Schreiber is proud of the fact that his program has attracted Carlos Correa’s brother.
“The good thing about the program is we’re one of the only (junior college) teams in the state of Texas that has back-to-back 40-win seasons,” Schreiber said.
“He’s coming here because it’s a good program too. We’re very, very proud with what we’ve done with this program.”
The next challenge for Schreiber and ACC is to overcome the fact Jean Carlos could get taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft in June.
“There’s a good chance we may not see him on campus,” Schreiber said. “He may get drafted after his high school season.
“We’re holding out hope he’s going to show up on campus. I think he wants to play in college. He likes the idea of being close to his brother.
“It would be a good fit for both.”
Jean Carlos is a senior at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, where Carlos also played high school baseball.