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Baseball Beginnings on Kolten Wong, No. 22, Cardinals

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June 6, 2011

Today the St. Louis Cardinals selected Kolten Wong in the 1st round (#22 overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft. Baseball Beginnings has been scouting Wong from the start of the draft cycle. Enjoy links to the content we have published on him through the year.

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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. (more…)

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

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April 6, 2011

Kolten Wong is a guy who does a lot of things well, but it all starts with the bat. Some media people will look at this guy — assuming they have actually seen the Hawaiin play in person — and bury him based off his size and body type. That’s about as stupid as it gets. Look, around scouting, this guy has been a known bat for the last few years. You don’t win the Cape Cod League MVP if you don’t swing it. I think the one mistake even scouts who have liked Wong’s bat have made is that his body type and size would limit how else he could contribute.

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Scouting Update: Kolten Wong, 2B, Hawaii (2011 Draft)

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March 7, 2011

When a guy with five tools who plays in Hawaii gets to the mainland and so close to the airport that you hear the jets taking off, you can be sure to see a ton of scouts in town.

Another thing that amuses me is the notion that somehow, the guy is hidden because he plays in Hawaii. Really? Where were you during the Cape? If people asked me what do you think of this guy, I’d say, want to see what a first rounder looks like?  

In a draft where multi-tool position players are hard to come by, Kolten Wong is a rarity – a left-handed hitting second baseman with plus offensive potential. Don’t let the body fool you. The former high school running back has a low center of gravity and is powerfully built through the shoulders, hips and thighs. But that doesn’t make him stiff. Wong has a very live body, which he shows if you keep your eyes open.

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Covering the Cape, Orleans, 2010

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October 4, 2010

Orleans, otherwise known as the West Coast Firebirds, had one guy in particular who has a chance to have a very good pro career, and two East Coast guys, to boot.

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