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DOB: 10/10/1990 (25 Years Old)
Place of Birth: Hilo, Hawaii
Teams: St. Louis Cardinals

Kolten Wong grew up in Hilo, Hawaii. His father, a former college and minor league baseball player, had a major influence on his development as a player. As a child, Kolten would spend a couple hours each day cutting trees, which improved his core strength and practiced in a batting cage daily. Kolten represented his state and region at the Cal Ripken World Series and the 2007 Senior League Baseball World Series. In high school, Kolten batted over .600 and was named the 2008 Hawaii Baseball Player of the year. After college, the Minnesota Twins drafted him in the 16th round of the 2008 Major League Draft; however, he declined and opted to play at the University of Hawaii. In his three seasons, he batted .358, had 47 doubles and 25 home runs and had 53 stolen bases in 71 attempts. He was drafted by the Cardinals 22nd overall in the 2011 Major League Draft.

As A Player

Position: Second Base
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Statistics: .250/.303/.677

After going through the Cardinals’ farm system as a highly rated prospect, Kolten rewarded the franchise by finishing third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. In that season, he batted .249, had 12 homeruns, and drove in 42 runs. Most memorably in that season, Kolten hit the walk-off homerun in the game 2 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. Kolten is a player capable of making highlight reel plays both at the plate and defensively. At only 25 years old, Kolten has plenty to learn to become a more consistent hitter at the plate; however, he has shown all the potentials to lock down the second base position for many years to come.