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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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Kolten Wong continues to deal with inflammation in his shoulder from the injury he sustained last season.
While he has been doing strengthening work, they still need to address inflammation in the joint. There's also a possibility that the injury will require surgery, though the club has said "not yet" when asked directly about it. This is certainly a situation worth monitoring this spring. Feb 25 - 3:48 PM

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SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Angels showed interest in Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong at the Winter Meetings.

Cotillo adds, however, that the Cardinals are "asking a lot" and "unlikely to move him" this offseason. Wong batted just .240/.327/.355 with five home runs and seven stolen bases in 121 games this past year for St. Louis, but he plays good defense and remains an intriguing all-around talent at age 26. It doesn't make much sense for the Cardinals to sell low. Lock him in as their starter at the keystone for 2017.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 03:21:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that teams looking for infield help are calling the Cardinals about Kolten Wong.

Cotillo was told by a rival executive with interest that the Cardinals "want a lot for him." The 26-year-old owns a disappointing .678 OPS in the majors so far, but the Cardinals appear committed to using him as their regular second baseman in 2017. It would take the right deal for that to change.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:54:00 AM

John Perrotto of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals have discussed a trade with the Cardinals that would send Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis to St. Louis for Kolten Wong and a package of prospects.

This seems like something that might have been floated, but how much traction it could get remains to be seen. The Royals are fielding offers for Cain, Davis and others that are poised for free agency following the 2017 campaign. The Cardinals have committed to Wong as their starting second baseman for next season, so it would take a course reversal for them to consider trading him.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 07:10:00 PM

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.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 09:48:00 PM

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.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 08:49:00 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.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 05:28:00 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.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 05:37:00 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.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 06:52:00 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.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 10:44:00 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.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 11:33:00 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.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 04:29:00 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.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 11:59:00 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.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016 04:21:00 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.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 06:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
3Carson Kelly
4Alberto Rosario
5Gabriel Lino
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
3Magneuris Sierra
4Jordan Schafer
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Luke Weaver
7Mike Mayers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Brett Cecil
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Michael Wacha
9Sam Tuivailala
10John Gant
11Miguel Socolovich
12Rowan Wick
13Zach Duke
14Zach Phillips