Kolten Wong, the first round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, has received the call to the big leagues. He will wear #16 in his first stint in the major leagues.
The Hawaii native hit .303 in 107 games with Memphis. This led the team and was ranked 11th in the Pacific Coast League. He had 125 hits with Memphis, the ninth most in the PCL. Wong hit 21 doubles, 8 triples, 10 home runs, and stole 20 bases. In May, he hit .375 and before getting called up, he was hitting .364 in August. With runners in scoring position, Wong posted a .299 batting average. He hits from the left-side.
Whether this promotion is temporary or not is unknown at this time. The Cardinals don’t actually have a need for him right now unless they need a bat coming off the bench. Plus, there’s no reason to get his clock started unless they are actually going to play him. With David Freese at third base and Matt Carpenter covering second, manager Mike Matheny would have to let someone get some rest.
Carpenter is able to play first, second, third, and corner spots in the outfield so the versatility is there, if needed.
As a result of Wong’s promotion, outfielder Adron Chambers was sent down to the Memphis Redbirds.