Cardinals Draft 2B Wong in First Round
The first round of the 2011 Major League First Year Player Draft took place Monday night, and the St. Louis Cardinals chose University of Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong with the 22nd overall pick.
MLB Network televised the event, and the panel that included Peter Gammons, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, and host (and St. Louisan) Greg Amsinger project Wong to be a great clubhouse presence who will play good defense, hit for average, and run well. One description of Wong thrown out was “the second coming of Carlos Baerga,” and another compared him to former Cardinal Fernando Vina.
That all sounds great. Honestly, the draft isn’t my specialty…not by a longshot. I never heard this kid’s name before Monday; in fact I didn’t recognize any names I heard. I like the things the MLB Network guys said, and I’m anxious to hear what other writers—both local and national—have to say about this pick.
But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t overjoyed to hear that the Cards drafted a middle infielder. One of these guys has to stick eventually. Let’s hope they don’t try to convert him to a long reliever or something.