Sacramento State baseball player Steve Correa has agreed to a contract with the New York Mets, it was announced today.
As a senior, Correa became a free agent following the final game of the 2003 season. He will report to Port Saint Lucie, Fla., on Monday, May 26, to participate in extended spring training before joining the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Cyclones, who play in the New York Penn League, are the Single-A affiliate of the Mets and will begin their season on June 17.
Correa becomes the first Hornet player to sign with a Major League Baseball organization since Casey Fuller (Colorado Rockies) and Jeff Groeger (Cincinnati Reds) signed following the 2002 season.
The Elk Grove native completed his first season with the program after transferring from Pepperdine. Correa appeared in nine games this season including two starts. He finished 2-0 with a 3.72 ERA, 29.0 innings pitched, nine walks, 18 strikeouts and a .248 opponent batting average. His ERA led the staff while his average allowed was second to only Chris Kinsey (.234). In his best start, Correa held San Jose State to only one run on six hits in 8.1 innings as the Hornets defeated the Spartans, 2-1, on May 4. Before starting his collegiate career at Pepperdine, Correa led Elk Grove HS to a Sac-Joaquin Section title in 1997.