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Scouting Video: Kolten Wong, INF, Hawaii (2011 Draft)

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May 5, 2011

Kolten Wong is going to hit. Listen to me. A hitter hits. Your natural hitters always hit no matter what level and what league. Track records don’t lie. I’m not a big stats guy, but at some point, you have to tip your hat. I look at a guy like Wong, read what is put out there, and two things cross my mind. One, saying you don’t like him because he’s “little” has nothing to do with CAN HE HIT? Second, I’m sure this guy would apologize for not being a 6-foot-5 white guy instead of a 5-foot-10 Hawaiin, but these things happen.

Can he hit?

If you don’t think he’ll hit, leave him for me, and I’ll play him every day at second base and win with him. I’ve heard it on the street enough to know enough scouts think that this guy might be the best college hitter in his draft class.

Wong is one of these guys who is so strong that wood will always feel better to him than the frying pan bats we use in college baseball today. The thing he has going for him is the ability to get the bat head in the hitting zone for a very long time. That’s his gift and it will allow him to be a productive major leaguer. I’m looking forward to Wong hitting, mainly so I don’t have to listen to the Christian Colon comparisons anymore.

First of all, Colon’s best tool was always his glove. Wong’s was his bat. Colon can hit, but I never once saw him with the bat speed and the lift Wong has. Colon is a natural born shortstop, even when I had him playing second as a pro. (I whiffed on that statement.) Wong is a natural hitter. Wong also came a long way defensively. He is also at least a one-grade better runner than Colon is. Wong is a ball of kinetic energy with a chip on his shoulder; Colon’s trashtalking cockiness is the stuff of legend in Southern California. Two different guys. Who am I going to pick? Always the bat and the guy with something to prove over the guy with the glove who thought he had it made in high school.

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