Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is off to a monster start . Last season’s American League Rookie of the Year has hit two singles and crushed three home runs in 13 at bats, including a 462-foot blastin Houston’s losing effort on Wednesday against the Yankees. He’s also swiped two stolen bases and played solid defense. Not a bad way to follow up a .279/.346/.512 debut slash line.Correa’s three home runs in New York give him 25 for his career in only 101 games, the fastest home run clip for any shortstop in major league history. It took Nomar Garciaparra 134 games to reach that milestone. Alex Rodriguez needed 143 games. Correa plays his home games in Minute Maid Park, which gives a significant boost to right-handed home run hitters. And that portends a whole lot of dingers for Correa over the next six seasons of his career, at least.MORE: Every team’s fatal flaw in 2016 | Records within reach Correa is just 21 years old and doesn’t turn 22 until late September. His youth and his prodigious offensive talents https://www.yankeesedges.com/new-york-yankees/babe-ruth-jersey have already led to murmurs about whether Correa is the next Mike Trout or Bryce Harper. It’s po sible, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.Like Correa, Trout debuted in the majors as a 20-year-old and was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2012. But Trout’s first season numbers dwarf Correa’s. In 139 games, Trout slashed .326/.399/.564 with Aroldis Chapman Jersey 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases, and posted a 167 wRC+, the highest in the majors. Weighted runs created-plus measures a hitter’s overall offensive contribution, when adjusted for ballpark factors and league. Trout produced 67 percent more offense compared to the average American League hitter. He also played spectacular outfield defense, robbing would-be home runs seemingly every night.Trout has largely sustained that level of production on offense in a pitcher-friendly home ballpark, even while his stolen base numbers have sharply declined. He’s also experienced some slippage in his defense, both by the eye test and the mash of advanced defensive metrics. Still, at 24 years old, Trout is considered the best all-around player in the game.Harper also debuted in 2012, when he was only 19, and posted numbers strikingly similar to Correa’s rookie campaign: .270/.340/.477 with 22 home https://www.yankeesedges.com/new-york-yankees/paul-o-neill-jersey runs and 18 stolen bases. After Harper took home Rookie of the Year honors in the National League, he muddled through two injury-riddled seasons that had many wondering if he’d reach his outsized expectations. Last season’s eye-popping numbers .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs put that question to rest, for now.UNWRITTEN RULES: Correa: ‘I believe the fans love flair’ What makes Correa so special is that his offense is matched with solid defense at the most demanding position on the field, other than catcher. Historically, shortstops as a whole have been the least productive players at the plate. At 6-4and 220 pounds, Correa is in the mold of Troy Tulowitzki, who’s dealt with injury after injury, and A-Rod, who moved to third base when he joined the Yankees (another pretty big shortstop was already there). Correa may very well find himself defending the hot corner sooner rather than later.For now, Correa begins 2016 where he left off in 2015. And that was a very, very happy place for Correa and the Astros. Contributor Wendy Thurm writes with a focus on sports, including baseball advanced statistics, sports busine s and sports law.