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Carlos Correa went No. 1, and . . .

Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School student-athlete

Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School student-athlete Carlos Correa poses for a photo on Sept. 8, 2011. Correa, the 17-year-old slugging shortstop made hometown history on June 5, 2012, after being selected by the Houston Astros as No. 1 in the Major League Baseball draft, becoming the first No. 1 overall pick from Puerto Rico. (Credit: AP)

The Houston Astros had the No. 1 pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, and they selected shortstop Carlos Correa from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He was the first Puerto Rican-born player to get drafted No. 1.

This happened on Monday, and here we are blogging it for you on Wednesday. It will take far more time than that for Correa to make an impact with a major-league team. Assuming, that is, if he ever makes to The Show.

The MLB draft gets very little play here in the States, and among the reasons for that is the fact that you rarely get to see that player in the big league any time soon. And some players, well, this may be the only time you ever hear their name.

For every Stephen Strasburg, there's Brien Taylor. Here's a look at the past 21 years of No. 1 picks, which includes some impressive names.

Tags: carlos correa , mlb draft , stephen strasburg , houston astros

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