When Dan Kantrovitz departed for the Oakland Athletics, the St. Louis Cardinals turned to Chris Correa to replace him in the role of the club’s scouting director.
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Correa has already been on the job for a few weeks but he’s already focusing in on the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, which according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold, is “the gift that keeps on giving.”
Correa, in talking with Goold, doesn’t seem interested in talking about the past.
"“The way to think about this going forward is I’m not interested in replicating our past success,” Correa said. “I’m interesting in getting better. We’re going to be relentless in trying to find new innovations and new ways to improve our process. We’ve started that already.”"
When it comes to the draft, Correa has some big shoes to fill in having to follow both Jeff Luhnow and Kantrovitz.
"“We’re in a great spot,” Correa said during a break in his appointments at the winter meetings in San Diego. “We’ve got the competitive balance pick. We’ve got an extra third-round pick. We’ve got five picks in the first three rounds. That gives us a lot of flexibility to acquire a lot of talent.”"
It’s never too early to start thinking about the draft. It was certainly on Correa’s mind during the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
"“We have to have high expectations for the draft,” Correa said. “There’s a big-leaguer in every draft round; we just have to find him. … We have more than 1,000 guys on our draft board, and I think the big thing for us is to come up with disciplined decision-making processes that are driven by lessons we’ve had in history. That way we make sure that we have the right names floating to the top of our list for each round.”"