St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have named Chris Correa Director of Scouting. In his new position, Correa will oversee the club's scouting department and the amateur draft.
Correa joined the Cardinals in 2009 working in statistical analysis. He was promoted to Manager of Baseball Development in 2012 and named Director of the department last season, a role in which he provided statistical analysis and decision support tools to all areas of baseball operations.
"Chris has demonstrated he has the skills needed in valuing talent and has been invaluable to our club," stated Sr. Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. “I know he is looking forward to this opportunity and I’m excited to see him lead our scouting department.”
Correa, 34, hails from New Hampshire and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science from Hampshire College. He holds a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois and was a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan prior to joining the Cardinals.
In addition, the team has announced the promotion of Luis Morales to Assistant Director of International Scouting. Morales, 31, will work with Director of International Operations, Moises Rodriguez, on international prospects while operating out of the club's Palm Beach offices in Florida.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Morales has been with St. Louis since 2011 when he joined the club as an intern. He was named Baseball Operations Assistant in 2012. Morales has a Masters degree in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami and worked for the Cleveland Indians as a Venezuelan Scouting Coordinator for four years before joining the Cardinals organization.
Brian Walton’s take: The Cardinals are clearly continuing to promote from within. The ascension of Correa to head of scouting is a bit reminiscent of a young John Mozeliak taking over Cardinals scouting operations in October 2003 as part of his broadening experience.
As noted in the release above, Correa has served in a variety of roles with the Cardinals to prepare him for this major responsibility. His only obvious question is a lack of experience working in other organizations, something his predecessor, Dan Kantrovitz, had.
While the Cardinals have good systems in place, they have lost scouting talent in the last year, including Charlie Gonzalez, Bruce Benedict, Chuck Fick, Alan Benes and Mike Juhl. Integrating skills is a never-ending aspect of the job.
Morales’ promotion is well-earned. He has served as the right-hand man of international director Moises Rodriguez in a myriad of important roles. They include being a liaison to Cardinals overseas players working in the US and even serving as de-facto general manager of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.
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