Cardinals' scouts wrapping up Draft prep work

ST. LOUIS -- With just two weeks remaining before the First-Year Player Draft, the Cardinals' scouting department is in the middle of holding its usual regional workouts and meetings as the preparation winds down. The workouts give new scouting director Chris Correa and several area scouts a final opportunity to look at Draft-eligible talent.

Correa traveled to Florida late last week to hold the first of those workouts and visit with his scouts from the Southeast regions. He was en route to California on Monday to hold another such meeting and workout for his West Coast scouts in Los Angeles this week. That will be followed by stops in Houston to visit with his Midwest scouting team and Baltimore, where the East region will be covered.

"These are opportunities to get the group together and meet before we all get together in St. Louis," Correa said.

Correa estimated there will be about 20 players participating in each regional workout. That number has been streamlined in recent years to allow for a more focused and productive session.

The organization's scouts will all travel to St. Louis next week to be on hand for the start of the team's final Draft preparatory meetings. Those will begin on June 5, three days before the start of the Draft. During these meetings, the Cardinals will rank the eligible players on a Draft board that will be a key resource during the three-day Draft.

The Cardinals have the 23rd overall selection and picked up a pair of compensatory picks to give them five selections over the first three rounds. The club received an extra selection between the first and second rounds (No. 39 overall) as part of the Competitive Balance Lottery. Their inability to sign third-round pick Trevor Megill last summer netted the Cardinals a compensatory pick after the third round as well; that one coming in at No. 105 overall.

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