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House of Shlain: Moving Pieces

Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

The offseason is in full swing and teams are reshaping their rosters for next year, so it's time to take a look at a few prospects that teams seem to have in their plans for everyday jobs in 2014.

Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals

The Cardinals traded third baseman David Freese and will fill the position with Matt Carpenter, opening up the keystone for Kolten Wong. Now 23 years, the former first-round pick (2011) hit .303/.369/.466 in 463 plate appearances with Triple-A Memphis in 2013. Wong isn't going to hit for that type of power at the top level, but he's a good contact hitter to all fields. (I'd probably take the under on 10 home runs during the upcoming season.) With that skill set, Wong will provide a decent batting average and possibly 25 steals. Wong has a good approach, takes his walks, and likely won't have high strikeout totals making him a solid option in head-to-head/points leagues.

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