Beyond The Top 100: Scouting Kolten Wong

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at Scout.com, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. We'll also be breaking down some of the prospects who narrowly missed making the list, like St. Louis Cardinals' prospect Kolten Wong.

Name: Kolten Wong
Position: 2B
Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: L/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League

Physical Description

Kolten Wong has a smallish frame and is maybe a shade under his listed height. However, he is built strongly, particularly in his lower half. He's a very good athlete and should have no problem maintaining his body over the years.

Hitting

Wong is the owner of one of the most compact left-handed swings in the minor leagues. He makes consistent contact and knows how to shoot the ball to all parts of the field. He has mostly a two-handed back swing, and because of that he keeps his front shoulder in for a long time and reacts to off-speed pitches well. This should make him a high average hitter at just about any level.

Power

While not a major power threat down the road, Wong does have some surprising pop to his pull side considering his lack of size. He has some lift in his swing when he picks a pitch to drive and has no problem generating power to right or right center field. He's capable of hitting 15-20 homers in the big leagues.

Speed

He has about a tick above average speed and he could steal some bases in the big leagues. He's a good base runner, and goes first to third particularly well.

Fielding

There are some questions about what position Wong will play. The best spot appears to be second base and that seems to be what the Cardinals have settled on, but he has the versatility to play almost anywhere on the diamond, including the outfield. He won't hurt the team in any of these spots.

Summation

There's not a singular tool that jumps out about Wong, but the total package is outstanding. He'll hit, hit with some average home run power, and can play a solid second base at the big league level. Wong makes a lot of contact and would be an excellent number two hitter in the Major Leagues.

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