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Kolten Wong | Second Baseman | #16

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 188
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Hawaii
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (22) / STL
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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he expects Kolten Wong to open the 2017 season as the club's starter at second base.
Wong had a wretched start and finish offensively in 2016, but he is the Cardinals' best defensive option at second base and it's not particularly close. "I think he has a chance to be a Gold Glove-caliber second baseman," Mozeliak said Tuesday at the annual GM Meetings. "I think a lot of times things that bog him down are the offensive struggles, but I still think he can be an exciting bat and exciting everyday player." Matt Carpenter is ticketed for first base, Aledmys Diaz is locked in at shortstop, and Jhonny Peralta and Jedd Gyorko are likely to share time at third. This doesn't account for possible offseason upgrades. Nov 8 - 9:48 PM

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Kolten Wong (shoulder) hit a pinch-hit leadoff triple in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday, but the Cardinals weren't able to drive him in and fell 2-1 to the Reds.

Wong was held out of the starting lineup yet again with shoulder discomfort, but his swing looked free and easy as he launched a ball off the top of the right field wall at Busch Stadium. He flew around the bases before sliding feet-first into third. But that is where Wong would remain, with Reds closer Raisel Iglesias inducing two groundouts and a shallow outfield fly from the Cardinals' next three batters. Wong should be able to make a start or two over St. Louis' final four regular season games.
Sep 29 - 8:49 AM

Kolten Wong will test his injured shoulder in pregame batting practice on Wednesday.

Wong did not play in Tuesday's game against the Reds and he's out of the starting lineup Wednesday, but it sounds like he should be available off the bench for the Wild Card-hunting Redbirds. Wong injured his shoulder last week in Chicago when he slipped in left field. He was given a cortisone injection Monday.
Sep 28 - 5:28 PM

Kolten Wong is out of the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday due to a shoulder injury.

Wong was given a cortisone injection and is "a day away" from being able to play defense, according to the Cardinals. He could be available to pinch-hit on Tuesday night against the visiting Reds.
Sep 27 - 5:37 PM

Kolten Wong will hit leadoff Monday versus the Cubs.

Matt Carpenter has been the primary leadoff hitter this season, but he's sliding into the No. 3 spot on Monday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is looking at him as more of a run-producer as a tablesetter for this one.
Sep 12 - 6:52 PM

Kolten Wong hit a two-run home run and scored twice in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

The homer was Wong's third in his last six games after he hit two in his first 99 contests. Wong has six RBI and five runs while batting .409 (9-for-22) in those six games. It's a much-needed sign of life from the 25-year-old, who has been buried on the Cardinals' depth chart for much of the season. Perhaps a strong final few weeks will put Wong back on the radar heading into 2017.
Sep 8 - 10:44 PM

Kolten Wong went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a stolen base in Monday's win over the Brewers.

Wong has been buried on the bench of late, as this was just his eighth start of the month and first since August 19. He made it count, though, with only his third home run of the season to go along with his sixth stolen base. Wong probably earned another start Tuesday with his big night, but he'll likely remain mostly a bench player going forward with Jedd Gyorko's hot bat and Aledmys Diaz (thumb) on his way back.
Aug 29 - 11:33 PM

Kolten Wong will start at second base Monday versus the Brewers.

It will be his first start since August 19, as Greg Garcia will take a seat against right-hander Zach Davies. Wong will bat eighth.
Aug 29 - 4:29 PM

Kolten Wong went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Friday’s 11-6 win over the Marlins.

Wong finished a homer shy of the cycle. He drove in a run with a double in the second inning before adding an RBI single in a six-run fifth. The 25-year-old has disappointed with a .241/.329/.321 batting line this season, but he has shown some signs of life with the bat in recent days.
Jul 29 - 11:59 PM

Kolten Wong is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.

He'll take a seat against rookie left-hander Steven Brault while Tommy Pham gets the start in center field and bats eighth for the Cardinals. Look for Wong to be back in there on Wednesday.
Jul 5 - 4:21 PM

Kolten Wong hit a two-run triple in Saturday's win over the Brewers.

It was his only hit in four at-bats, but the 25-year-old made it count, plating two runs to give the Cardinals a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The triple was the third of the year for Wong, who got the start at second base Saturday with Matt Carpenter away from the team. Wong has also been finding some starts in the outfield since being recalled on June 17. Wong is hitting .256 with four RBI and six runs scored since his brief stay at Triple-A, and until he shows more, his playing time will continue to be erratic.
Jul 2 - 6:40 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Tommy Pham
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Magneuris Sierra
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Michael Wacha
7Luke Weaver
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Matt Bowman
5Tyler Lyons
6Jonathan Broxton
7Miguel Socolovich
8Sam Tuivailala
9Mike Mayers
10John Gant
11Rowan Wick
12Zach Duke
13Zach Phillips