Not every star signing pans out in the MLB. That is far from the truth for Carlos Correa and the Minnesota Twins. In his third season with the Twins, Correa is in the midst of maybe the hottest stretch of his 10-year career and enjoying every second of it.

Correa continued that hot streak on Thursday with a three-hit day in a series-opening win over the Oakland Athletics. He and the Twins broke out a new Prince-themed home run celebration in honor of the late Minnesota-born music icon after Correa's two-run blast in the seventh inning.

After the game, Correa discussed his joy of playing for the Twins and the bond he feels with the organization and the fanbase.

“I’m glad it’s here with the Minnesota Twins,” Correa said, per Do-Hyoung Park. “Ever since I got here, they made me feel like I’m one of their own. I feel part of this big family already. I’m going to be here for a long time. It just feels right.”

Correa's stint in Minnesota almost only lasted one season, but the two-time All-Star found his way back to the Twins after a whirlwind free agency after the 2022 season.

After opting out of the remaining two years of his Twins contract, Correa signed two long-term deals with the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets, only for both teams to back out of the deals due to concerns over a previous ankle injury. The Twins swooped in and signed Correa to a six-year contract in January 2023.

After a dreadful 2023, Correa is back to his old self and established the Twins as a viable contender for the American League playoffs.

Carlos Correa is hot as can be right now

Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (4) celebrates run against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning at Target Field.
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With most of the focus on Aaron Judge these days, Correa has quietly put together one of the best two-week stretches we've seen this season.

In his last 15 games, the Twins shortstop has a .361 batting average with 16 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Cut that down to his last eight games and Correa looks like he's playing another sport.

The 29-year-old has 18 hits over his last eight games with eight runs scored and nine RBIs. He has a 1.325 OPS in that span and 14 hits during his current five-game hitting streak. It's no coincidence the Twins won four of five with Correa swinging a hot stick.

This latest stretch has put the Twins in a playoff spot and likely casts any doubt on them being sellers at the trade deadline. Instead, Minnesota should be looking to add as they try to secure a second consecutive playoff berth.

The Twins are 37-32 entering Friday's action and sit two games ahead of the pack for the final wild card spot in the American League. Five teams are within four games of Minnesota, not including the Houston Astros who may yet turn around an awful start to the season.

Carlos Correa won’t keep up this stretch forever, but Twins fans love what they’re seeing from their star shortstop. His postgame comments after Thursday's win exemplify that he is right where he's supposed to be.