Joe Schwartz of StlCupOfJoe.com shares his views on Kolten Wong and what the future might hold for him. Make sure you follow Schwartz at @StlCupofJoe on Twitter
In 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals finally addressed a long-term need at second base by taking Kolten Wong with the 22nd pick of the first round in the First Year Player Draft. Just two years later, he is on the verge of making an impact at the major league level. With the emergence of Matt Carpenter, what happens to Wong? The Cardinals have a very good problem on their hands. First, lets look a little at Kolten Wong’s resume:
Bio and Minor League Statistics
His Cape Cod League MVP in 2010 along with his incredible overall performance in his junior year at Hawaii the following year is what sold the Cardinals on his ability to become an impact player in the big leagues one day.
In under two full seasons in the minors, Wong has yet to disappoint. He may be small in stature at 5’9″ and 185 pounds, but his bat looms much larger than his frame.
In 717 at-bats between Single-A Quad Cities and Double-A Springfield in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Wong was able to hit exactly .300 while racking up 8 triples, 14 home runs, and 78 runs batted in. He had a quality .362 on-base percentage and was able to swipe 30 bases during that time.
His impressive performance led to his selection for the MLB Futures Game in 2012 where he wowed the Kansas City crowd with a “Wizard”-like standing backflip before the game.
Wong has followed those two seasons with probably his best minor league season yet for Triple-A Memphis. In just 62 games this season, he is hitting .319 with 14 doubles, 5 triples, 5 home runs, and 23 runs batted in. He continues to regularly reach base with a .359 on-base percentage and has been more efficient on the base paths going 11 for 12 on stolen bases.
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