Kolten Wong
Kolten Wong
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
St. Louis Cardinals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Manning leadoff spot
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 19, 2018
Wong will start at second base and bat leadoff Wednesday against the Braves.
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Wong has been hitting in the No. 6 or 7 spot lately, but he'll set the table in the series finale with Matt Carpenter resting for the day game after a night game. Since returning from the disabled list earlier this month after a brief absence due to a hamstring injury, Wong is slashing .303/.395/.455 with a home run, four RBI and four runs in 10 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .653 248 20 3 22 3 .251 .322 .330
Since 2016vs Right .742 905 114 14 76 18 .257 .347 .395
2018vs Left .602 87 9 1 7 1 .237 .286 .316
2018vs Right .718 294 31 7 26 5 .239 .330 .388
2017vs Left .703 86 6 1 9 0 .274 .360 .342
2017vs Right .810 325 49 3 33 8 .288 .380 .431
2016vs Left .653 75 5 1 6 2 .242 .320 .333
2016vs Right .689 286 34 4 17 5 .239 .329 .360
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .784 553 69 12 49 10 .269 .358 .426
Since 2016Away .681 603 66 6 52 11 .247 .331 .351
2018Home .750 185 22 6 18 2 .253 .322 .428
2018Away .679 199 19 3 18 4 .238 .328 .351
2017Home .943 198 28 3 19 4 .339 .431 .512
2017Away .647 213 27 1 23 4 .237 .324 .323
2016Home .636 170 19 3 12 4 .207 .312 .324
2016Away .721 191 20 2 11 3 .268 .340 .381
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Stat Review
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
0.53
 
BB Rate
7.6%
 
K Rate
14.5%
 
BABIP
.271
 
ISO
.141
 
AVG
.247
 
OBP
.331
 
SLG
.388
 
OPS
.719
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Breakout night in rout
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 18, 2018
Wong went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and a solo home run in a win over the Braves on Monday.
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Out vs. southpaw
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 13, 2018
Wong is not in the lineup against the Dodgers on Thursday.
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Knocks in run vs. Detroit
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 9, 2018
Wong went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's victory over the Tigers.
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Out of lineup Saturday
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 8, 2018
Wong is not in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.
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May need offseason surgery
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 5, 2018
Wong said he will likely need offseason surgery to remove floating cartilage in his left knee, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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