2012 Draft Scouting Report: Carlos Correa

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep shortstop, Carlos Correa.

Name: Carlos Correa
Position: Shortstop
School: Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

Correa is a long, athletic infielder with a lot of room to grow. He's as projectable as any position player in the class and there's no telling how much muscle he could pack on. His projection could also create some question marks, however. He has the athleticism, but if he's going to stay at shortstop you don't want to see him fill out too much. But, he's a plus athlete currently with tremendous physical upside.

Hitting

The hit tool is still very crude with Correa. He has the bat speed and extension you like to see, but his approach is still lacking and he doesn't appear comfortable yet handling plus velocity on the inner third. The physical tools and swing mechanics say that eventually it's something he'll learn, however. He likes to extend his long arms and he hits well from left center to right center. He's more of a long term project but he's a potential 6 bat as a pro given the raw skills.

Power

Correa has a chance to be a plus power bat playing at a premium position. He has to be careful with some occasional swing length that shows up in his stroke, but overall he stays inside the ball well and produces some easy loft to the middle of the field. He's strong for his age and getting stronger, so if he connects he'll hit the ball a long way. But, his mechanics are inconsistent at this point. There's 20 home run power in there, but it's just a matter of harnessing it.

Speed

A true plus runner, Correa has the wheels to do a lot of things on a baseball field. He has a good first step, which will help him in the base stealing and defensive departments. His plus athleticism and ability to mix his speed with hitting prowess are what make him so unique.

Fielding

There's no ignoring the size of Correa's frame, and you have to wonder if he'll outgrow shortstop at some point. If that's the case, he has the arm and soft hands to slide over to third base. For now, he has no issue staying at shortstop, but we'll just have to see how his body continues to develop.

Summation

Some scouts have already thrown around the Manny Machado comparisons, and those aren't far off. Their frames are similar, as is the overall skill set. Correa's bat appears to be a bit more crude at the same stage, but the upside is outstanding. He's a potential 20 home run bat that can run and play at a high level defensively. Some patience will be required as he gains some consistency with his swing, but the finished product could be a dynamic big league player.

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