Today, we will talk about the second baseman of the future, Kolten Wong. Wong is a Hawaii native who was originally drafted out of high school by the Minnesota Twins in 2008. He opted for college and attended the University of Hawaii. After a promising college career and a strong offensive showing in the Cape Cod League, Wong was taken in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. Wong saw some work immediately as the Cardinals placed him on the single A affiliate to finish the season out. Wong hit for a high .335 average and a .911 OPS in 222 plate appearances. He also showed a bit of pop and speed with five home runs and nine steals.
The team was so satisfied with Wong’s performance, he was promoted to AA Springfield to begin the 2012 campaign. He started the year very well and was named to the 2012 Futures team. Wong finished the season with a .287 average and .753 OPS. He didn’t show as much power as last season, but still exhibited good contact numbers and speed on the base paths. Wong should start 2013 at AAA with an eye towards making a major league debut in 2014. his progress will obviously depend on his performance as he progresses through the system.
Wong should easily jump into the Cardinals top five prospects and gives the Cardinals their first prominent second base prospect in years. With excellent contact skills, Wong could not only fill the Cardinals need for a long-term second baseman, but could also be a presence at the top of the order.