The Houston Astros selected 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft, making him the highest selection ever to come from Puerto Rico.

Correa, 6-foot-4, bested catcher Ramon Castro, who went No. 17 to Houston in 1994, as the highest drafted Puerto Rican player.

It was the first time Houston had the top pick in the draft since 1992, when Houston selected Phil Nevin, passing on Derek Jeter who went five spots later to the New York Yankees.

The Astros finished last season 56-106 and are in a complete rebuilding process.

Houston will hope that Correa will eventually become part of an organization trying to put its first 100-loss season behind it.