Kolten Wong, Second Base, St. Louis Cardinals, #16


Date of Birth: 10/10/1990
Birthplace: Hilo, Hawaii
College: University of Hawaii

Kolten Wong, second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, is following in the footsteps of his father who was a minor league player. Wong was originally drafted in 2008 by the Minnesota Twins but he opted instead to go to the University of Hawaii. He was drafted by the Cardinals in 2011 and he spent 2011, 2012, and most of last year in the minor leagues. He ended his minor league career with a .301 batting average.

In 2013, Wong played in 32 games with the Cardinals and he batted just .153. He played at second base in 18 games.

Wong finished the 2014 season with 100 hits, 14 doubles, 12 home runs, 42 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, 83 strikeouts to 24 walks, and a .249 batting average in 113 games. As a second baseman, he made 273 assists, 70 double plays, 196 putouts, and 12 errors in 107 games. In the postseason, he had 7 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, and 1 stolen base in 29 at-bats in 8 games.

In 2015, Wong batted .262 with 146 hits, 28 doubles, 15 stolen bases, and 61 RBIs in 150 games. As the Cardinals' second baseman, he made 410 assists, 107 double plays, 312 putouts, and 17 errors in 147 games. He batted .143 with 2 hits, including a home run, in 14 at-bats in 4 postseason games.

Wong signed a five-year extension with the Cardinals on March 2, 2016. The contract includes a sixth year club option.

Wong finished the 2016 season with 75 hits and a .240 batting average in 121 games. Defensively, as the Cardinals' second baseman in 88 games, he made 256 assists, 67 double plays, 132 putouts, and 8 errors.

In 2017, Wong batted .285 in 108 games with the Cardinals. He finished the season with 101 hits, 27 doubles, 42 RBIs, and 60 strikeouts to 41 walks. Defensively, as the Cardinals' second baseman in 106 games, he made 276 assists, 78 double plays, 191 putouts, and 10 errors.

Career batting statistics for Wong through 2017 include:

  • 524 games played
  • 431 hits
  • 168 RBIs
  • 290 strikeouts to 135 walks
  • .256 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Wong at second base through 2017 include:

  • 466 games played
  • 1,258 assists
  • 330 double plays
  • 853 putouts
  • 47 errors
  • .978 fielding percentage

Personal Life

Wong's brother Kean plays in the Tampa Bay Rays' minor league system.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Kolten Wong
ESPN - Kolten Wong