Kolten Wong: Scrap-tastic Cardinal Of The Future

So … here’s what’s happened this week:

Yep. About that much.

To say things are slow would likely qualify as the biggest understatement of the year, and we’re only two weeks in! I suppose no news can be good news. If there was bad news, say, RE: Jaime Garcia or Rafael Furcal, we’d likely be hearing much more. So, business as usual is a good thing, as far as baseball is concerned. For those of us tasked with writing about a team content to sit tight and wait for pitchers and catchers to report? Not such a good  thing.

But, in checking around for some Minor League news, I discovered that while I was at work all last weekend, Cardinals hopeful Kolten Wong answered some questions from Redbird fans on twitter, via the MLB Futures account.

Having been in the Quad Cities when Wong first arrived to make his professional debut, I got a good first look at just what we were in for. I believed then, and still do now, that Wong is exactly the kind of player that makes it in the Cardinals organization. He’s a hard worker, he soaks in instruction, his passion for the game is palpable, and he loves the history of the club.

His answers to fan questions reiterated that.

Here are a few of my favorites:

It’s great to see a young kid with such a solid grasp on what it means to have that legacy behind him.

I like the way he thinks. Beginning and ending with the same team … what a concept!

He knows what he’s up against. But, it appears he also is fully committed to the process, and to the end result. I hope he makes a great run at the big league roster this year, though I don’t know if he’ll make it right out of spring training. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him there at some point in 2013, though.

Whenever he makes his debut, his future is bright. I can’t wait to watch his story unfold.

For more of the Q & A, check here. (Note the question about being a “little guy” in baseball … I think the future of the “scrappiest lineup in baseball” is secure, as long as we keep guys like Kolten around! And you know us, welove scrappy!)

Tara is a St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball and a contributor to Around the Horn. Follow her on Twitter @tarawellman.

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