Things are looking up for Kolten Wong

St. Louis Cardinals second base prospect Kolten Wong is working on his game in Triple-A while looking forward to his Major League debut.

In the eyes of some, the 2013 emergence of Matt Carpenter as the St. Louis Cardinals second baseman turned Memphis Redbirds second baseman Kolten Wong into a forgotten man.

OK, perhaps that is a bit strong, but the fact is that the urgency to rush the 22-year-old top prospect to St. Louis was clearly diminished as Carpenter proved his mettle as an every-day second baseman. That doesn't mean that Wong is sulking down in Triple-A, however.

Named to the All-Star Futures Game for the second consecutive season, Wong has been a consistent producer in the number two spot of Memphis manager Pop Warner's lineup. As late-season injuries and promotions tightened the roster in recent days, Wong moved into the important number three spot.

The left-handed hitter has been producing. Through Saturday, Wong has hit safely in eight of his last nine games at a .343 clip (12-for-35), including four multi-hit efforts. The Hawaiian native is tied for sixth in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in triples (eight), 10th in hits (122), tied for 11th in stolen bases (19), and tied for 14th in total bases (189).

Wong homered on both Friday and Saturday and his four RBI Saturday night at Reno set a new career best.

Though not yet on the 40-man roster, that should not be an issue. Wong is clearly a prime candidate for a September Major League debut with St. Louis.

In the following exclusive interview, Wong speaks about his 2013 season to date and what he hopes is just ahead.


Recent Memphis interviews

Manager Pop Warner
Michael Wacha
Carlos Martinez

Coming soon

The Memphis interview series will conclude with outfielder Mike O'Neill. Also, check out current and upcoming interviews from Peoria, Springfield and St. Louis.

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