Cardinals name Correa director of scouting

ST. LOUIS -- Moving swiftly to replace Dan Kantrovitz, who accepted an assistant general manager job with the A's last week, the Cardinals announced on Tuesday that they have promoted Chris Correa to fill their vacant director of scouting position.

Correa, who has been a member of the Cardinals' baseball operations team since 2009, most recently served as the director of baseball development, where he provided statistical analysis and decision support tools. He previously worked as a manager in that same department.

"Chris has demonstrated he has the skills needed in valuing talent and has been invaluable to our club," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement issued on Tuesday. "I know he is looking forward to this opportunity, and I'm excited to see him lead our scouting department."

Correa, 34, replaces Kantrovitz, who served as the Cardinals' scouting director for three seasons. During that time, Kantrovitz led the selections of pitchers Michael Wacha and Marco Gonzales in the First-Year Player Draft. Correa will similarly oversee the organization's Draft and scouting efforts as the new head of that department.

In conjunction with Tuesday's announcement, the Cardinals also revealed that they have promoted Luis Morales to assistant director of international scouting. After interning with the Cardinals for one season, Morales was named a baseball operations assistant in 2012. Morales, a Venezuelan native, will work out of the Cardinals' Florida office and will report to director of international scouting, Moises Rodriguez.

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