Cardinals Draft Kolten Wong In First Round

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!

3 thoughts on “Cardinals Draft Kolten Wong In First Round

  1. Happy Scrappy Hero Pup.

    Man, was I disappointed at this choice. Unless he turns out to be Dustin Pedroia or Craig Biggio, this is just a college version of Pete Kozma. I would have preferred they have taken Mikie Mahtook, but hey, maybe it’ll all work out. Maybe he’ll end up being Fernando Vina. Or Ryan Theriot.

  2. There was a nice video interview of him saying that he would like kids to follow their dream and it doesn’t matter their size. Now I see what he meant by that if he is 5’9. My two words are David Eckstein.

  3. If you want to catch the Cardinals’ 5th round pick, Sam Gaviglio, an outfielder from Oregon State, he’ll be playing in the Nashville Super Regional Friday night at 7 p.m. CST on ESPNU and Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

    No luck to catch Kolten Wong in action, although I actually watched him on TV a couple of times when we were in Hawaii in April. Weird: when they do the sports on the local news in Honolulu, they focus on the MLB games only when a player with a tie to the islands is playing. So, they’d do the Phillies highlights for Shane Victorino, and the Royals highlights for Kila Ki’iahue, and A’s highlights because of Kurt Suzuki.

    Maybe in a few years, Kolton Wong can create some new Cardinals fans on the islands.

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