MLB Draft 2012 Mets draft pick was at Johan Santana’s no-hitter

MLB Draft 2012 Mets draft pick was at Johan Santana’s no-hitter

MLB Draft 2012 Mets draft pick was at Johan Santana's no-hitter

MLB Draft 2012 Mets draft pick was at Johan Santana’s no-hitter

Carlos Correa was all smiles when he heard his name announced, knowing he had hometown history that the baseball draft.

The Houston Astros selected the 17-year-old slugging shortstop with the number 1 choice Monday night, making him the first player from Puerto Rico to lead from the design.

“This means a lot,” said Correa from the draft site at MLB Network studios. “We have many good players there.”

Correa is the only first be drawn from an island that has its share of baseball royalty: Roberto Clemente, Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Juan Gonzalez, Bernie Williams. Some of those players signed as free agents – catcher Ramon Castro was the highest drafted player from Puerto Rico, going No. 17 to Houston in 1994.

 MLB Draft 2012 Mets draft pick was at Johan Santana’s no-hitter

“I’m so excited to be the No. 1 choice,” said Correa, who congratulated by Delgado on Twitter. “I’ve worked so hard to be here.”

It was the first time Houston had the first choice in the draft since 1992 when the Astros selected Phil Nevin – the passing of a young shortstop named Derek Jeter, who went five spots later to the Yankees.

“I’ve read about that,” Jeter said Correa called his idol so much for the character of the New York captain off the field as on. “I want to be like him. He is amazing.”