Super rookie SS DeJong became a Cardinal with the help of a felon

Cardinals rookie shortstop Paul DeJongs leaps while attempting to  field a  ball hit for a single in the seventh inning against the  Reds Friday night at Great American Ball Park.
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Cardinals rookie shortstop Paul DeJongs leaps while attempting to field a ball hit for a single in the seventh inning against the Reds Friday night at Great American Ball Park.

It’s almost criminal the way Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong hit the ball in July, when he was named National League Rookie of the Month after hitting a franchise-record eight home runs, and he wouldn’t be with St. Louis if not for convicted felon Chris Correa.

It was Correa, the Cardinals’ former director of scouting, who drafted DeJong in the fourth round in 2015.

About a month after that draft, Correa was fired after it was learned that he'd hacked the Houston Astros' computer system.

Correa is in prison now in Maryland, according to Bleacher Report writer Danny Knobler, and DeJong is flourishing.

After going 2-for-5 in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Reds, DeJong is expected to bat third again tonight when rookie pitcher Luis Castillo faces St. Louis for the first time and Cincinnati tries to beat St. Louis for the sixth straight time in Great American Ball Park. 

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