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Theo Epstein, the team's president of baseball operations, GM Jed Hoyer, and scouting bosses Jason Mcleod and Tim Wilken were among the Cubs' executives to watch the 40-minute workout, which took place after Chicago had defeated the San Diego Padres earlier in the afternoon.Correa, a 6-foot-4 shortstop from Puerto Rico, is 17 years old and projects near the top of major league depth charts for this year's June draft, which takes place Monday.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum threw batting practice to Correa, who took 47 swings, hitting four balls into the bleachers -- including two to left, one to center and one to right field. The infielder took ground balls at shortstop and third base.
Some scouts believe Correa will be a third baseman by the time he gets to the major leagues because of his size. Correa used a wooden bat for all his batting practice swings, a departure from the aluminum bats used in high school and college.
"Obviously, I don't want to comment how we feel about him as an organization," said McLeod, the team's senior VP of scouting and player development. "He is a very talented player.
"We were able to see him down in Puerto Rico and we have seen him when he has come to the States. He is a kid we are going to talk a lot about this week."The Cubs have the No. 6 pick. The latest mock draft by ESPN baseball insider Keith Law has Correa going No. 4 to the Baltimore Orioles. Some baseball scouts who have watched Correa develop believe he shows the same tool set and aptitude that Alex Rodriguez had in 1993, when he was the No. 1 overall pick of the Seattle Mariners. Correa has a 4.0 grade point average and a full ride to the University of Miami. But it's not likely he will decide to go to college, rather than take the slotted millions that will automatically be his if he is drafted in the top 10. Correa's adviser is Paul Kinzer, who also represents four players on the Cubs' 25-man roster, including All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro. Until a player is drafted, he cannot officially hire an agent to represent him, but the adviser title is a mere formality before becoming a potential draftee's agent. This is the first year in which the first round of the draft, which began in 1965, has slotted money for each player drafted.