KANSAS CITY, Mo. Cardinals Double-A second baseman Kolten Wong hopes to be in the big leagues as early as next year. His teammate, slugger Oscar Taveras, doesn't even want to wait that long.
"I'm ready to play in the big leagues now," Taveras said. "Yeah, I'm ready to go."
The Cardinals will likely wait until at least next season before entertaining the thought of promoting Wong or Taveras to St. Louis. But make no mistake. Both have a chance to be productive big league players in the near future.
The pair of promising prospects put their talents on display Sunday at the Major League Baseball Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Taveras went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly for the World team while Wong went 0-for-2 but scored a run for the USA team.
Batting third and starting in right field for a talented World team, Taveras grounded out to Wong in the top of the first inning. He was robbed of an extra-base hit in the third inning on a diving catch by Blue Jays prospe...