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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Kolten Wong
3Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Tommy Pham
2Randal Grichuk
3Jeremy Hazelbaker
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Luke Weaver
7Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Zach Duke
5Matt Bowman
6Tyler Lyons
7Alex Reyes
8Seth Maness
9Jonathan Broxton
10Jerome Williams
11Miguel Socolovich
12Dean Kiekhefer
13Mitch Harris
14Jordan Walden