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10/10/1990 (26 y, 4 m, 17 d)
2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 22, Overall: 22, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
$25.5M / 5 Years (2016 - 2020) + 1 Option Years
Wong (shoulder) admitted Saturday that he's still dealing with soreness in his left shoulder, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. (2/25/2017)
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Profile: Little stands in Wong's way from reaching the big leagues in 2013. The tiny Hawaiian has a smooth left handed stroke that will produce above average batting average. His power is notable for his size, but he's unlikely to much more than ten to fifteen home runs in season, well below the average fantasy second baseman. If Wong does win the second base job, he'll likely bat eight in a loaded cardinals line up. (
The Quick Opinion:
The door is open for Kolten Wong to seize the Cardinals' second base job. His main competition appears to be Matt Carpenter, but if Wong is able to secure a spot in the National League's best lineup he could become a very valuable fantasy piece. (
There are probably a number of reasons why the St. Louis Cardinals felt that exchanging third-baseman David Freese with the Angels for outfielder Peter Bourjos made sense. Because of Freese's declining skills, for example. And because of Bourjos's excellent defensive range, also for example. It's difficult to imagine the club pursuing such a trade, however, were they also not pretty convinced that Wong was capable of producing wins at something like a league-average rate in 2014 as the Cardinals' starting second baseman. His major-league debut wasn't what anyone would call a "rousing success": in 62 plate appearances, Wong recorded a -1 weighted Runs Created plus, which is actually impossible. He also produced an iconic moment of the 2014 World Series, ending Game Four as the result of a pick-off with the tying run at the plate in the form of very talented Carlos Beltran. Still, Wong's overall resume is quite a strong one and really does indicate that he's probably already a league-average player right now. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Wong's minor-league resume suggests he's much better than he looked in his August and September call-up. A starting second baseman for the Cardinals, is what he appears like to be in 2014.
Wong had a nice debut season and looks to build on it in 2015. He's a low-risk option at second base with the potential to hit .300, hit 15 bombs and steal 25 bases. The power is likely to be the most volatile tool in his skill set, similar to someone like Jacoby Ellsbury. He could have a year or two hitting 20, but for this season and most in the future you can expect 10-15. He has a great swing with a lot of room for error; think Victor Martinez with less authority to drive the ball. The power comes mostly from pulling the ball, so his homer totals will be dependent on how many mistakes pitchers make down and in, while driving doubles the other way. Look for him to hit .280 with an ok walk rate this year as he gets acclimated to the league and learns opposing pitchers. (Dan Farnsworth)
The Quick Opinion:
Wong is an exciting young second baseman who can contribute on all sides of the game, with power being his weakest tool (and yet still not a liability). A .280 average with 15 homers and 20 stolen bases is a pretty safe bet for him in 2015.
At times, Wong looked like a savvy veteran. He even wrested the leadoff role away from Matt Carpenter from mid-May through early-July. At other times, Wong looked lost at the plate. Over the final three months of the season, he hit just .235/.296/.307, good for 31% worse than league average. With decent power, above average base running, and adequate defense, Wong looks like a reliable, league average player. Entering his age 25 season, there's still room to hope for some improvement too. Most notably, he suffers from steep platoon splits. Last year, he posted a 114 weighted runs created plus versus righties and a 52 wRC+ against fellow lefties. While his plate discipline is worse against southpaws, the biggest issue was a .048 isolated slugging percentage. If he can manage to shake the platoon label and show some power against lefties, he'll become one of the better second basemen in the league. As it is, he's a solid core contributor. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Some of the shine has come off Wong after a merely average season. It's too early to say "this is what he is." In particular, there is room for him to improve substantially against left-handed pitching. Aside from the platoon problem, he's a very well-rounded player.
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