SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cubs have the sixth pick in the first round of Monday's First-Year Player Draft, and manager Dale Sveum got a first-hand look at two potential selections, shortstop Carlos Correa and pitcher Max Fried, during a workout at Wrigley Field on Wednesday. "Those are two impressive high school kids," Sveum said on Friday. The Cubs' manager took part in the workout, throwing batting practice to Correa, a right-handed hitter from Puerto Rico.
"It was pretty impressive to [see him hit to] all three fields in a 20 mph wind at Wrigley Field in batting practice -- straightaway center, right field and obviously, left field," Sveum said. At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Correa resembles a young Alex Rodriguez. "I played with A-Rod when he was 19, and there were a lot of the same actions, the same body, the same power," Sveum said. "They told me to start working him away [during batting practice], and he started putting them in the seats in right field into a 20 mph wind." Fried, a left-hander, showed off his arm strength by throwing from deep in right field to home. "Let's hope one of them is around by the sixth pick," Sveum said.