Carlos Javier Correa Oppenheimer was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He showed promise at a young age as a first baseman, but mainly as an above average hitter. At 7 years old he hit 150 home-runs for his youth team and was recruited to play for Rio Grande’s championship team in Atlanta. After pitching a championship game in which he had 8 strikeouts he moved on to play with older and tougher competition in Caguas. By 2011 he was named Rawlings Defensive Player of The Year and the Carlos Correa Sweepstakes began.
He signed his Letter of Intent to play at The University of Miami, but never played a game for the hurricanes as he was drafted number one overall by the Houston Astros.