Kolten Wong, Saint Louis Cardinals rookie, on September 14, 2013
|St. Louis Cardinals – No. 16|
October 10, 1990 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|September 4, 2013 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through 2013 season)
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Kolten Kaha Wong (born October 10, 1990) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2013. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. Before his professional career, Wong played college baseball for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at the University of Hawaii.
High school and college
Wong was a two-sport star at Kamehameha Hawaii High School in Keaau, Hawaii. In addition to football, Wong was a baseball standout, batting .600 during his senior year and being named the co-winner of the 2008 Hawaii Baseball Player of the Year honor. Wong was a top scholar as well. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 16th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, Wong chose not to sign, opting to attend the University of Hawaii, where he played college baseball for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
Wong was named a Baseball America All-American in 2011. The Cardinals selected Wong in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. According to MLB.com Wong is the #4 ranked prospect in the Cardinals organization. He made his professional debut that season with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League.
Wong played for the Springfield Cardinals of the Class AA Texas League in 2012, batting .287 with 52 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. He was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game. Wong finished the year playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .324 with 12 RBI and 5 stolen bases. He spent most of the 2013 season with the Memphis Redbirds of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, where he hit .303 with 10 HR, 45 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 107 games, before being called up on August 16.
Wong was named to the 2013 Cardinals' postseason roster. He appeared in the 2013 World Series for the first time in game three, as a defensive replacement. He collected a hit in the bottom of the eighth inning. Wong also appeared in game four, where he was used as a pinch runner in the ninth inning. He was picked off by Koji Uehara, making the final out of the game, the only time in World Series history that a game has ended with a pickoff play. (The 1926 World Series ended on a stolen base attempt by Babe Ruth, not a pickoff.)
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)