With the 22nd pick in the first round of the MLB draft, the Cardinals selected Kolten Wong, a second baseman from the University of Hawaii.
Wong is the third college infielder chosen in the first round the the Cards in the last four years, according to Matthew Leach at Cardinals.com, following Zack Cox last year and Brett Wallace in 2008. (Pitcher Shelby Miller was the first-round pick in 2009.)
Here’s more on the newest Cardinal from Leach:
Wong, who just finished his junior season at Hawaii, was regarded as one of the best pure hitters in the Draft. He turns 20 in October and is a left-handed hitter.
In 57 games, Wong batted .378 with a .492 on-base percentage and a .560 slugging percentage. He scored 48 runs, drove in 53 and stole 23 bases in 30 tries. He’s considered a polished hitter with a chance to move quickly through the Cardinals’ system.
For an in-depth look at Wong, here’s a profile from Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com.
The fact that he’s 5-ft. 9 and a second baseman bring just one word to mind: scrappy!