St.Louis Cardinals To Promote Top Prospect Kolten Wong
The St.Louis Cardinals have announced that they will promote second baseman Kolten Wong before Friday’s contest with the Chicago Cubs. Wong is currently enjoying success for the Cardinals Triple A affiliate Memphis Redbirds where he is hitting .306 in 463 plate appearances thus far this season. Wong has also chipped in with 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases for the Redbirds but he doesn’t project to be a consistent home run threat at the major league level. Wong was ranked by Baseball America as the 84th best prospect in baseball prior to the 2013 season.
Wong owns a career batting average of .301, .365 OBP, .811 OPS, 24 home runs and 50 stolen bases in 280 minor league contests between three levels. In 3 minor league seasons Wong has only played second base on the defensive side and sports a .972 fielding percentage.
The Cardinals announced the move via Twitter after Wong’s alma mater University of Hawaii tweeted the news. It is rumored the Cardinals will option outfielder Adron Chambers to clear a spot for Wong on the 25 man roster tomorrow.
The Cardinals will purchase INF Kolten Wong from Memphis (AAA) prior to Friday’s game in Chicago.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 16, 2013
Wong was selected by the Cardinals 22nd overall in the 2011 amateur baseball draft, a draft year that has already seen the liked of Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez and Trevor Bauer all make their respective major league debuts. The 22-year old will be thrust into the thick of a pennant race as the Cardinals sit 2 games behind the division leading Pittsburgh Pirates.
The news of the promotion came on the heels of the Cardinals #1 prospect Oscar Taveras being shut-down for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury that requires surgery. It has been a disappointing season for Taveras who only saw action in 47 games due to injury stalling his progression to the majors.