Veteran Izturis serving as mentor for Correa

Veteran Izturis serving as mentor for Correa

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The locker of former No. 1 overall Draft pick Carlos Correa is situated next to 13-year veteran Cesar Izturis, who has a great reputation in the game and will be a great role model this spring for the up-and-coming shortstop.

"Of course, I've seen him play," said Correa, who is 19 years old. "He's on the side of my locker, so we talk a lot about baseball, and he taught me a lot since I've been here these couple of days. He's a great guy, great teammate, great player, too. It's good to have him here on the side of my locker and know a little bit more about baseball with the kind of experience he has."

Correa has picked Izturis' brain about defense and how to approach ground balls, as well as hitting approach.

"We talk about everything in the game," Correa said. "It's great to talk to people that know the game. He's been playing 12 years in the big leagues already and he has a lot of experience. It makes you better. When you mentally get strong, it helps you on the field. So it's great to have him here and be able to talk to him every single day."

Izturis said Correa has amazing ability and just needs experience.

"The most important thing is he likes to work," the veteran said. "He comes in early and works in the cage and asks questions. He's been great so far."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.