2011 MLB Draft Tracker: Cardinals Select Hawaii Second Baseman Wong

22. St. Louis Cardinals: Kolten Wong (2B, Univ. of Hawaii)

He's only 5-9 but goes 190 pounds and batted .378 this season, with a .492 on-base percentage. Peter Gammons calls him a baseball rat and John Hart isn't impressed with his tool package. But everybody says he can hit and everybody absolutely loves his makeup, which means you can put him in a box with Craig Counsell and David Eckstein and maybe, if everything works out perfectly, even Dustin Pedroia. His athleticism is good enough that he has also played the outfield, and has even taken a turn behind the plate.

Things probably won't work out perfectly, of course, and nobody's really expecting Wong to become a star. Of course, very few No. 22 picks become stars no matter position they play, or how tall they are. Wong's regarded as a safe pick, and at this point in the draft there's nothing wrong with playing it safe.


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