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16 Kolten Wong 2B
Height/Weight: 5-9/185 | Birthdate: 10/10/1990 | Birthplace: Hilo, HI | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 88/69 | Average Draft Position: 162.57
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Cardinals' Kolten Wong homers, drives in three runs Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 7-5 win over the Nationals Wednesday.

Wong smacked a two-run home run in the second inning to help build a lead that stretched to 5-0 by the top of the third, but the Nationals were able to score five runs in the bottom of the third to even the score. The second baseman then broke the tie with an RBI double in the eighth inning before the Cardinals tacked on another run in the ninth.

"He’s an exciting player. Every aspect of the game," manager Mike Matheny said after the game, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We want to see him constantly pushing to show that. And looking for opportunities to show that. And when he does, man, it’s special. When you’re having one of those days go ahead and shine."

Wong had been struggling with the bat coming into the Nationals series, but back-to-back three-hit games have boosted his line to .325/.396/.475 to go with one home run, five RBI and two stolen bases in 40 at-bats.


Pete Kozma replace Kolten Wong in Cardinals' Saturday lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat eighth.


Pete Kozma starts for Kolten Wong in Cardinals' lineup on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds. 

Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat eighth. 


Cardinals' Matheny on Kolten Wong: 'I want him to be aggressive'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong committed a pair of errors as the team lost its home opener Monday, and while manager Mike Matheny said he was fine with the infielder taking "ownership" of his misplays, he doesn't want it to affect Wong's style of play, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"We don’t need him to be a superman out there. He just needs to be the player that he’s continuing to become," Matheny said. "I want him to be aggressive. We’ve been preaching that on the basepaths. We’ve been preaching that at the plate. And most certainly defensively. He’s an exciting player who can make exciting plays. Don’t back off the throttle."

Wong came back Wednesday to strand six runners while going 0 for 4 at the plate, but he didn't make any miscues in the field.

"Consistency is really the thing that he is going to need," Matheny said. "He’s got plenty of an arm. Turns it as good as anybody at second base. That aggressive nature that he does have means he can cut down a lot of distance on both sides. Those are things not everybody who plays that position has."

Wong has hit .227/.357/.273 with one RBI, one stolen base and five run scored in 22 at-bats.


Cardinals' Kolten Wong racks up five hits in series vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 5 for 11 with one walk and one RBI as the Cardinals took two of three games against the Reds this weekend.

Wong was just 0 for 6 with one stolen base in his first two games but delivered in each of his three games against the Reds to bump his batting average to .294. He's batted seventh or eighth in each of his team's first five games.


Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta batting cleanup vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is batting cleanup for Sunday's season opener against the Cubs.

Peralta took just 74 of his 560 at-bats from the fourth spot in the lineup last season but will fill the role in the team's regular-season debut.

The full Cardinals lineup: 3B Matt Carpenter, RF Jason Heyward, LF Matt Holliday, SS Peralta, 1B Matt Adams, C Yadier Molina, 2B Kolten Wong, CF Jon Jay, SP Adam Wainwright.


Cardinals' Kolten Wong not concerned about spring slump


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is having a slow spring, but he's focusing on the work, instead of the results. 

"I kind of take the positives out of everything. I see that I have been hitting balls hard. I'm doing the little things right and getting myself ready. That's the most important thing -- making sure I get my swing ready for Opening Day," Wong said, per MLB.com.

Wong was hitless in his first nine at bats of the spring and is hitting .147 with one RBI in 34 at bats.


Cardinals' Kolten Wong on 2B job: 'This is my starting position'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) With no clear backup, Kolten Wong acknowledged he's the Cardinals' full-time second baseman this season, as expected, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"This is my starting position and now it's all about putting in the work to get ready for it," Wong said. "Them having more confidence in me has given me more confidence in myself. I'm able to relax and play the game and even though I'm not succeeding as much as I'd like, I'm still able to learn how to get right for myself."

Wong, 24, finished 2014 with a slash line of 249/.292/.388 with 12 homers and 42 RBI over 402 at-bats in his first full season in the majors. He has a career .236/.280/.360 slash line in 145 games.


Cardinals' Kolten Wong taking things slower in spring training this year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong knew he was pushing things too hard last year. This season, he just wants to enjoy things a bit more and make sure he's focusing on the correct things, reports MLB.com.

"I've gone about it with the focus of having fun," Wong said on Saturday. "Last year, Spring Training really wasn't that enjoyable for me. I was pressing so hard, trying to do so much to make the team. This year, fortunately, I'm slated to be the second baseman, so it's a little more relaxing and fun coming out here getting ready for the season."

Manager Mike Matheny thinks Wong is ready to take on an everyday starter role.

"The confidence is there," Matheny said. "I think he has taken away some of the doubt about whether he can be an everyday player at this level, and he needed last year to prove that to himself. … We want them [the players] to feel free, free to go out and push. I think that's where he is right now."


Cardinals' Wong using postseason success as confidence booster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong is sure he can hack it in the majors, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"October did a lot for me," Wong said. "It cleared my conscience of what happened (the pickoff) in the World Series. It gave me assurance that I can play at this level." In 18 at-bats in the NLCS, Wong hit .278/.316/.833. He clubbed two big home runs for the team during the series. 

While things went well at the end of the year, Wong admitted it was difficult early on. "It was tough," Wong said. "It was my first full season in the big leagues, and my first taste was definitely hard at times. Up, down, up, down. The thing that changed everything for me towards the end was my confidence kicking in."

After a stint on the disabled list, Wong said he decided to stop being nervous about his production. This enabled him to have fun, and get himself in a better rhythm. 

The 24-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .249/.292/.388 over 402 at-bats. 


Kolten Wong's confidence improved after postseason surge


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong had quite the power display in the 2014 postseason. All seven of his postseason hits went for extra bases. He had three doubles, three home runs and one triple.

Wong's postseason power surge has his confidence up heading into 2015, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I think it's going to change my game and allow me to play at a different level that what I've been playing my previous years in the big leagues," Wong said. "I'm going to come in confident, confident in my abilities. and not worry about the 'what ifs?' anymore. I'm confident I can play at this level. It's time for me to fully buy into the fact that I'm a big league player."

Wong added he would like to steal 20-plus bases again and improve his batting average this season.

"At least somewhere above .249," he said, laughing. "That's definitely nothing that I'm proud of." 


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong homers in Game 4 NLCS loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 2 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 6-4 loss to the Giants in Game 4 of the NLCS Wednesday.

Wong is in the midst of a hot stretch, going 5 for 11 with two doubles, one triple, two home runs and four RBI in his last three games. His third-inning home run Wednesday put the Cardinals up 4-1, but the Giants were able to score five unanswered runs to take a 3-1 series lead. Wong has hit .280/.308/.840 with three home runs and six RBI in 25 postseason at-bats.


Kolten Wong has 20-20 potential for 2015


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/15/2014) Kolten Wong has been a surprise power source for the Cardinals this postseason, clubbing a pair of homers to go along with two doubles and a triple in just six games. "Slugger" is not a word that has often (if ever) been used to describe the 24-year-old second baseman, but he appears to be evolving into just that.

Since July 6 (and including the postseason), Wong has hit 13 home runs over 74 games, and as I have detailed in a recent blog post, he has backed up the increase in his power numbers with dramatically higher flyball distances. Wong has already demonstrated he can swipe 20 bases in a season, and his recent homer pace shows he has a shot to complete the other end of the 20-20 equation next season, even with some regression.

I've actually projected Wong to fall four home runs short of the threshold of 20, but barring a complete reversal of his recent progress, he should be targeted by owners in all standard mixed league formats next spring.


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong drives in two runs in Game 3 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and two RBI in his team's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Giants in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

After the Cardinals fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, Wong put the team on the board with a two-run triple in the fourth. The two extra-base hits come one game after slugging a walkoff home run to give his team a Game 2 win. Wong has hit .238/.273/.714 with two home runs and five RBI in 21 postseason at-bats.


Kolten Wong benched Wednesday against Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Slumping second baseman Kolten Wong is out of the lineup for the Cardinals on Wednesday against visiting Milwaukee. Daniel Descalso is set to start instead.

Wong is 1 for 11 in his last four games after a six-game hitting streak.


Kolten Wong back in lineup for Cardinals on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has returned to the lineup for the Wednesday game against visiting Pittsburgh. He pinch-hit Tuesday night.

Wong has been dealing with a neck ailment that had prevented him from starting since Sunday.


Kolten Wong still not starting Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Pirates, despite being able to serve as a pinch-hitter in Monday's game.

Wong admitted his neck was still sore even though he got into Monday's game, though it is clearly improved enough for him to be available. At this point, he is considered day to day moving forward. 


Kolten Wong slugs pinch-hit home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong slugged a two-run pinch-hit home run in Monday's 5-4 win over the Pirates.

Wong was cleared of a concussion before the game, but manager Mike Matheny didn't immediately stick him back in the lineup. That left Wong the opportunity to provide the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and the bullpen locked down the final six outs to hand the Cardinals a win.

"My neck was killing me today," Wong told MLB.com after the game. "But there comes certain points in time when you have to man up. Today was definitely one of those days where I told myself I just needed to man up and put a good at-bat together."

Wong has hit .252/.293/.404 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 337 at-bats.


Neck issue keeps Kolten Wong out of lineup Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong had another series of tests on Monday, which showed no signs of a concussion, according to FOX Sports Midwest. Howvever, a sore neck will keep Wong out of the starting lineup Monday against Pittsburgh.

Kolten Wong showing no signs of concussion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong underwent a series of tests that ruled out a possible concussion, MLB.com reports. Wong hits his head awkwardly on the turf while in pursuit of a pop fly in the eighth inning against the Cubs. His status remains up in the air for Monday's home against Pittsburgh.

"He went through a bunch of tests already," manager Mike Matheny said. "The doctors got to him. There were no signs of concussion. We've had a couple different doctors look at him already. I'm sure tomorrow he'll be a little sore. We'll probably bring the doctors back in tomorrow and re-evaluate. We got good news on the initial report."

Kolten Wong exits game after hard fall on the turf


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong belted his 10th home run of the season but had to leave Sunday's game against the Cubs with an apparent head injury.

Wong hits his head awkwardly on the turf while in pursuit of a pop fly in the eighth inning. Pete Kozma took over for him at second base. Before the injury Wong took Travis Wood deep for a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Wong is hitting .250/.291/.393 with 35 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 92 games. His status remains up in the air for Monday's home against Pittsburgh.

Kolten Wong absent from St. Louis lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has been given the afternoon off Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Daniel Descalso will man the position instead.

Wong owns a stat line of .249/.289/.388. He has seven hits in his last five games, but no RBI in nearly two weeks.


Hitters to start in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? Kurt Suzuki, Billy Butler, Kolten Wong, Martin Prado, Danny Santana and Kole Calhoun might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Kolten Wong produces four singles in win over O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong cranked out four hits in his team's 8-3 win over the Orioles on Sunday.

Wong recorded singles in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings, respectively. He finished 4 for 5 with two runs scored. He is hitting .253/.294/.408 with nine homers, 31 RBI and 17 stolen bases over 265 at-bats.

Hitters to start in Week 20


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/10/2014) Need a sleeper for Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 11-17)? Caleb Joseph, Chris Carter, Kolten Wong, Casey McGehee, Danny Santana and Corey Dickerson are all players to consider.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.