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Friday, February 11, 2022

Edwin Correa made majors at 19, bigs career ended on shoulder injury at 21

Young Edwin Correa had a tough night for the Rangers this night in June 1986, but his coaches still expressed confidence in him, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote.

"We keep forgetting Edwin's just 20 years old," Rangers pitching coach Tom House told The Star-Telegram. "He has to experience all this two or three times. He never got on track today, but there were glimmers. Most 20-year-olds are in junior college ball and making their mistakes there."

Correa made his major league debut the previous September, with the White Sox at age 19. He went on to have a big year in 1986, winning 12 to 14 losses. 

But, from that start, he would only see one more campaign, in 1987, as injuries would ultimately derail his career, sending him on comeback attempts that ultimately wouldn't get him back.

Correa's career began in 1982, signed by the White Sox as a 16-year-old free agent out of his native Puerto Rico. Correa was also credited as Ed Correa.

Correa started with the White Sox in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He moved to single-A Appleton for 1983 and 1984. He went 10-6 over 26 starts in 1984, with a 3.44 ERA.

He returned to Appleton for 1985, but also saw AA Glens Falls. Then, that September, he got called up to Chicago. He got into five games and started one. He  picked up one win and gave up eight earned over 10.1 innings.

The White Sox then traded Correa to the Rangers. He then made the big club out of spring training. Ahead of his first start on the year, Correa spoke to The Star-Telegram about his subdued game prep.

"One thing about getting too pumped up is it makes you forget your tempo and the things you have to do," Correa told The Star-Telegram. "I'm not going to do anything different tomorrow night. I want to treat it just like an extension of spring training. It's just the way I am."

Correa went on to start 32 games for the Rangers that year and go 12-14, with a 4.23 ERA. He then returned for 15 more starts in 1987, where he went 3-5, with a 7.59 ERA.

But he also got injured, tearing cartilage in his right shoulder. He then lost all of 1988, and attempted a comeback for 1989.

His 1989 comeback could only amount to four starts in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He attempted another return in 1990 with the Dodgers at high-A Vero Beach, but didn't get into a game. 

He later saw 12 starts in 1993 at Vero Beach and AA San Antonio, then five outings at Vero Beach in 1997 and five final outings in 2001, at independent Allentown to end his career.

By 2003, Correa was back in Puerto Rico, operating the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,839
Made the Majors:1,291-33.6%-X
Never Made Majors:2,548-66.4%
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:322

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