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Kolten Wong | Second Baseman | #16

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 188
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Hawaii
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (22) / STL
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Kolten Wong is not in Monday's lineup versus the Royals.
Not surprisingly, he's sitting against left-hander Danny Duffy. Tommy Pham will start in center field and bat ninth. Jun 27 - 5:36 PM

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Kolten Wong will start in center field and bat eighth Monday against the Cubs.

Tommy Pham got the start in center field against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez on Sunday, but Wong is back out there with right-hander John Lackey on the hill for Chicago. The 25-year-old swung the bat well during his demotion and could be mixed league relevant again if he keeps it going in his return to the majors.
Jun 20 - 6:33 PM

Kolten Wong is starting in center field and batting second Saturday versus the Rangers.

It will be his first start in center at the major league level, and he hadn't played the position in the minors before this past week. Wong could begin to see regular action in center if he handles the position defensively and starts hitting. He slugged four home runs in seven games at Triple-A Memphis.
Jun 18 - 4:19 PM

Cardinals recalled 2B/OF Kolten Wong from Triple-A Memphis.

Wong didn't even last two weeks at Memphis, as he earned a recall after hitting .429/.529/.929 with four homers in seven games. He was playing center field of late with Memphis and that's the spot where he seems likelier to garner playing time this time around with Randal Grichuk's struggles. Wong was batting just .222/.306/.286 before being sent down but could get back on the mixed league radar if he receives regular playing time and picks it up with the bat.
Jun 17 - 12:20 PM

Kolten Wong hit two more homers at Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday night.

Wong now has four home runs and 11 RBI in six games since getting demoted. He has been playing some center field in Memphis and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that the added defensive versatility "could increase the likelihood" of Wong returning to the majors quickly. Matt Carpenter has taken over at second base in St. Louis, with Jhonny Peralta sliding in at third.
Jun 15 - 10:59 AM

Kolten Wong is starting in center field with Triple-A Memphis on Monday.

It will be his first start at any position other than second base in pro ball. The 25-year-old has swung the bat well since his demotion last week, batting .467 (7-for-15) with two homers, a triple, and three walks over four games. Now the Cardinals are testing his versatility in anticipation for a possible role when he eventually returns to the majors.
Jun 13 - 5:20 PM

Cardinals optioned 2B Kolten Wong to Triple-A Memphis.

With Jhonny Peralta due to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, Matt Carpenter was set to get most of the playing time at second base, so Wong was going to be shifted into a bench role. The demotion means that he'll at least receive regular at-bats as he tries to get back on track. The 25-year-old has struggled dating back to the second half last season and owns a .222/.306/.286 batting line through 49 games this season. The Cardinals just signed Wong to a five-year, $25.5 million extension in March.
Jun 6 - 4:05 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated in a radio interview on 101 ESPN in St. Louis Friday that Matt Carpenter is slated to see most of his playing time at second base when Jhonny Peralta (thumb) returns.

Aledmys Diaz will stay at shortstop and Peralta, who is slated to come off the DL Tuesday, will slide over to third base. All of this points to a big decrease in playing time or perhaps even a demotion for Kolten Wong, who is hitting just .225/.312/.292 this season after batting only .235/.296/.307 for the final three months of last year.
Jun 3 - 11:24 AM

Kolten Wong went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.

Wong had a couple singles in the game, reaching base in all four plate appearances. It's not much, but he's now got a modest five-game hitting streak in which he's 7-for-17 with two triples, three runs scored and a 3/2 BB/K ratio. He's a better hitter than he's shown thus far, and perhaps he's starting to show it. The 25-year-old is now hitting .247/.340/.329 after Tuesday's game.
May 17 - 11:25 PM

Kolten Wong tripled twice against the Dodgers in Friday's loss.

That's no mean feat; triples are more scarce at Dodger Stadium than any park in baseball. Wong is just the sixth player to have two triples in a game there in the last 40 years. The last was Blake DeWitt on May 17, 2010. The last non-Dodger to do it was Mark Grace on May 18, 1992.
May 14 - 1:22 AM

Kolten Wong is once again not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.

For the second straight game there's a left-hander on the mound, so the Cardinals will roll with Jedd Gyorko at second base instead of Wong. The slumping Wong should be back in there for Sunday's series finale.
May 7 - 11:13 AM

Kolten Wong is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

Wong has sat against most lefties this season and is on the bench in this one with the Pirates throwing southpaw Francisco Liriano. Jedd Gyorko is at second base.
May 6 - 2:47 PM

Kolten Wong finally notched his first extra-base hit of the season Monday, smacking a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Phillies.

Wong looked awful in striking out in his first two plate appearances, but he scorched the ball on a lineout to center field in his third at-bat and then went deep in his fourth trip to the dish. He's got an ugly .233/.304/.283 batting line on the season, but perhaps this will get Wong going.
May 2 - 11:39 PM

Kolten Wong (flu) reached on a pinch-hit infield single Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks.

Maybe that will help him get off the schneid. Wong, out since Monday with flu-like symptoms, is still batting just .220/.293/.220 in 18 games this year for St. Louis. Jedd Gyorko started at second base Wednesday in Arizona and went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Wong should return to the lineup Thursday night.
Apr 28 - 7:48 AM

Kolten Wong (flu) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks.

Wong came down with flu-like symptoms over the weekend. He did enter Monday's series opener against the Diamondbacks in the sixth inning, but the second baseman struck out in his one at-bat and made an error in the field before exiting. Jedd Gyorko will start at second and bat seventh Tuesday against Arizona right-hander Shelby Miller. Wong, 25, has a brutal .485 OPS in 17 games this season.
Apr 26 - 5:48 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Kolten Wong
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Jordan Walden
5Jonathan Broxton
6Tyler Lyons
7Matt Bowman
8Seth Maness
9Mitch Harris
10Sam Tuivailala