Kolten Wong
Kolten Wong
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Wong has eclipsed 127 games just once in five seasons, and while his glove should keep him in the lineup against righties, he probably won't approach 500 plate appearances. He has matured into one of the top keystone defenders in the game, and the Cardinals don't need his bat to profile at the top of the lineup. Even so, after slashing .213/.304/.361 before the break, Wong posted a .317/.384/.439 line the rest of the season. Of some concern is a declining stolen-base success rate, as he was caught on five of his 11 attempts. Nagging injuries likely played a part but without double-digit bags, Wong's mixed-league utility is tenuous. Also worrisome is the fact Wong's 2018 ended with an MRI on his knee and the discovery of loose cartilage (surgery was deemed unnecessary). With his all-out style of play, a recurrence is possible. He was bad again against lefties (67 wRC+, 74 wRC+ for his career), so look for him to occupy the strong side of a platoon. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in March 2016 that includes a $12.5 million team option for a sixth year.
Churning out RBI
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 18, 2019
Wong, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a double and a run in a win over the Brewers on Wednesday, has driven in a run in four of his last five games.
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Wong is enjoying an auspicious start to his 2019 campaign, with all three components of his current .316/.437/.614 line serving as career-best figures. Moreover, he's been efficient with men on base, hitting .320 in that scenario and a solid .286 specifically with men in scoring position. Consequently, with 12 RBI through his first 18 games, Wong is nearly a third of the way to the 38 he compiled last season in 336 additional plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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1
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6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+44%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .663 202 17 3 21 2 .250 .332 .331
Since 2017vs Right .804 699 91 14 72 16 .275 .368 .436
2019vs Left .725 20 2 1 3 1 .188 .350 .375
2019vs Right 1.044 63 10 3 10 3 .320 .444 .600
2018vs Left .614 96 9 1 9 1 .241 .301 .313
2018vs Right .752 311 32 8 29 5 .252 .341 .411
2017vs Left .703 86 6 1 9 0 .274 .360 .342
2017vs Right .810 325 49 3 33 8 .288 .380 .431
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+223%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .801 433 53 9 42 7 .279 .365 .436
Since 2017Away .746 468 55 8 51 11 .259 .356 .390
2019Home .443 39 3 0 3 1 .129 .282 .161
2019Away 1.431 44 9 4 10 3 .429 .545 .886
2018Home .727 196 22 6 20 2 .249 .314 .412
2018Away .711 211 19 3 18 4 .250 .348 .364
2017Home .943 198 28 3 19 4 .339 .431 .512
2017Away .647 213 27 1 23 4 .237 .324 .323
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How does Kolten Wong compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
1.00
 
BB Rate
15.7%
 
K Rate
15.7%
 
BABIP
.300
 
ISO
.258
 
AVG
.288
 
OBP
.422
 
SLG
.545
 
OPS
.967
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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While Wong was limited to 108 games due to elbow, triceps and back injuries, his rate stats were better than ever in his age-26 season. He raised his on-base percentage nearly 50 points to .376 thanks in part to another uptick in walk rate (10 percent) and another decline in chase rate, and his .336 wOBA and 107 wRC+ were also well above his previous career highs. Wong was fortunate on balls in play (.331 BABIP), and his 48.1 percent groundball rate doesn't exactly bode well for his ability to increase his home-run numbers dramatically moving forward, but Wong has good speed and instincts on the bases to complement his above-average plate skills -- Wong is 15-for-17 on stolen-base attempts over the past two seasons. Manager Mike Matheny has kept Wong on a short leash so far in his career, but the reins may finally come off after Wong hit .274 with a .360 OBP against lefties last season.
Wong's 2016 showing was one to forget from the beginning, as he got off to a very slow start and hit just .222/.306/.286 through his first 49 games. As a result, he was sent to Triple-A Memphis, where he played seven games and took reps in center field. Upon his return to the majors, Wong was used as a utility man, playing every outfield position in addition to second base. While his batting average fell to .240 from 2015's .262 mark, his OBP rose (albeit marginally) due to his increased patience at the plate (9.4 percent walk rate, up from 5.9 percent). Despite this glimmer of hope, he never returned to his former role as a regular for the Cardinals and was used primarily off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Wong may remain relegated to a reserve role to begin 2017 and thus remain limited to deep mixed and NL-only consideration, especially given the slew of capable middle-infield options around the league.
After breaking out as a playoff star in 2014, Wong showed only marginal improvements in 2015. He hit just .262/.321/.386 with 11 home runs in his first full season in the majors. He dropped one home run and five stolen bases from his 2014 totals despite appearing in 37 more games and taking 180 more plate appearances. The power he flashed in the playoffs was there in the first half, as he hit eight home runs with a .434 slugging percentage before the break. But his second half was brutal, as Wong managed just three home runs, a .322 slugging percentage, and hit an awful .238. Wong never hit more than 10 home runs in the minor leagues, and it’s possible the apparent streakiness of his power in the majors is simply a sign that he doesn’t have much of it. His base stealing remains an asset, however, as he has 35 stolen bases in the past two years.
Manager Mike Matheny made Wong work hard in 2014 to prove he belonged, despite clearly being the superior option over veteran Mark Ellis. Wong was even demoted twice, once in late April and again in late June before finally being handed the starting job at second base in early July. Wong's rookie season wasn't what some had hoped, hitting just .242/.292/.388, but he did show good power and speed, with 12 home runs, 29 extra-base hits and 20 stolen bases in 402 at-bats. He also displayed fairly good plate discipline, striking out just 71 times on the season. Wong finished third in Rookie of the Year voting for the NL and should be expected to post better numbers in 2015 as he's handed the starting job from the outset. If the Cardinals' offense improves, which seems likely, Wong could very well be a top-12 second baseman, capable of approaching 20 home runs and swiping at least that many bases.
Wong finally got the call in mid-August but totaled just 62 plate appearances while with the Cardinals, hardly enough time to give any concern to his .153/.194/.169 line. The second baseman had a terrific year at Triple-A posting a .303/.369/.466 line while striking out just 60 times in 412 at-bats, a solid showing for the 23-year-old. With David Freese out of the picture, Matt Carpenter will shift to third and all signs point to the Cardinals giving Wong at least 400 at-bats as their primary second baseman in 2014. There's plenty of promise with the youngster and while he might not an elite hitter at his position, he has the skills to put up good numbers in a terrific Cardinals lineup.
Wong, a 2011 first-round pick, batted .287 with nine home runs and 21 stolen bases for Double-A Springfield last year, and despite the non-eye-popping numbers, the Cardinals will at least give the Hawaii product an opportunity to win a big league job in the spring. It's far more likely that he'll stay in the minors for another year, but he's getting close. Expect him to be the starting second baseman for the Cardinals by 2014, if not sooner.
Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, tore the cover off the ball in 47 games with Quad Cities last year, showing good speed (nine stolen bases), pop (22 extra-base hits), and a strong batting eye (21:24 BB:K). He's small, but he'll make up for it with his speed and defense. He could be playing second base for the Cardinals by 2013 or 2014.
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Launches fourth homer
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 14, 2019
Wong went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a stolen base in a loss to the Reds on Saturday.
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Leading off Thursday
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 11, 2019
Wong will start at second base and lead off in Thursday's game against the Dodgers, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Remains hot in win
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 8, 2019
Wong went 2-for-4 with an RBI bunt single and a run in a win over the Padres on Sunday.
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Laces three-bagger in win
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 4, 2019
Wong went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk and two runs in an extra-inning win over the Pirates on Wednesday.
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Goes deep again
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 1, 2019
Wong hit a two-run homer in a 6-5 extra-inning victory against the Pirates on Monday.
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