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Birth Date10-10-1990
Height5' 9"
Weight185 lbs
Age23 years, 9 months, 18 days
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2013 SLN 22 32 62 59 6 9 1 0 0 10 3 12 0 0 0 0 3 0 .153 .194 .169 .143 -5.2 1.3 -0.4
2014 SLN 23 61 231 212 26 53 8 2 6 83 13 32 3 0 3 24 14 2 .250 .303 .392 .249 5.5 -3.0 0.3
Career93293271326292693164430324172.229.279.343.2260.3-1.7-0.2

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2011 QUD A 47 222 .329 .253 .323 .378 .266 .355 97 16.5 6.4 -0.3 2.1 1.7 21.4 2.4 21.4 2.4
2012 SFD AA 126 579 .281 .256 .325 .391 .266 .318 97 12.5 16.0 -0.9 2.6 4.1 30.0 3.4 30.0 3.4
2012 SUR Wnt 17 76 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .371 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 SLN MLB 32 62 .143 .247 .313 .394 .255 .191 105 -7 1.6 -0.1 1.3 0.6 -5.2 -0.4 -5.2 -0.4
2013 MEM AAA 107 463 .307 .264 .338 .401 .266 .332 91 23.4 13.3 -0.9 12.9 0.7 34.7 4.9 34.7 4.9
2014 SLN MLB 61 231 .249 .251 .312 .384 .265 .270 96 -2.5 6.0 -0.3 -3.0 3.0 5.5 0.3 5.5 0.3
2014 MEM AAA 18 80 .346 .279 .339 .422 .269 .381 97 7.7 2.4 -0.1 1.6 1.1 10.8 1.2 10.8 1.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 QUD A 222 39 65 15 2 5 25 21 24 9 5 .335 .401 .510 .175 .329 21.4 2.1 2.4
2012 SFD AA 579 79 150 23 6 9 52 44 74 21 11 .287 .348 .405 .119 .281 30.0 2.6 3.4
2012 SUR Wnt 76 12 24 2 0 1 12 2 11 5 3 .324 .342 .392 .068 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 MEM AAA 463 68 125 21 8 10 45 41 60 20 1 .303 .369 .466 .163 .307 34.7 12.9 4.9
2013 SLN MLB 62 6 9 1 0 0 0 3 12 3 0 .153 .194 .169 .017 .143 -5.2 1.3 -0.4
2014 MEM AAA 80 16 27 4 0 3 13 5 9 6 0 .360 .400 .533 .173 .346 10.8 1.6 1.2
2014 SLN MLB 231 26 53 8 2 6 24 13 32 14 2 .250 .303 .392 .142 .249 5.5 -3.0 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2013 237 0.5148 0.5042 0.8067 0.7049 0.2870 0.8837 0.6061 0.1933
2014 858 0.5035 0.4522 0.8660 0.6065 0.2958 0.9275 0.7381 0.1289
Career10950.50590.46350.85320.62780.29390.9180.70950.1428

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-21 2014-07-06 15-DL 15 14 Left Shoulder Inflammation -
2014-06-06 2014-06-10 DTD 4 3 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2014-06-04 2014-06-04 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2011-08-12 2011-08-28 Minors 16 0 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 SLN $500,000
2013 SLN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2011Current$500,000
1 yrTotal$500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 45 dPSI Sports1 year/$0.5M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2014). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract selected by St. Louis 8/16/13.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2011 (1-22) (Hawaii). $1.3M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .000 .000 .000 .006
11 vs R (Multi) .173 .218 .192 .156
18 Split (Multi) .173 .218 .192 .150
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .000 .000 .000 .006
31 vs R (2013) .173 .218 .192 .156
38 Split (2013) .173 .218 .192 .150
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben, thanks for the chat!! Who has the better year, and better career: Kolten Wong, or Roughned Odor?
(Scott from London)
You're welcome! Odor has the better career, Wong has the better year. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Supposing comparable playing time, Kolten Wong or Rougned Odor for rest of the season?
(JoeTinker from Chicago)
Wong. Don't overlook him just because he struggled out of the gate. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on the Kolten Wong demotion? People seem to be reading between the lines on that one to an extent that seems excessive to me, but what do I know?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I was surprised, as were most people. It's early to give up on a player with his track record. The Cardinals are panicking a little, it seems. There's no upside to playing Mark Ellis. The hope is that Wong goes down, has some success in Triple-A (which he is), feels good about himself and comes back up and plays like they expect. It's not a bad idea and it might just work. I was just surprised. Doesn't seem like something the Cardinals would do. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Mookie Betts now the best second base prospect? He is looking incredible out there. Thoughts?
(Mark from Boston)
He's certainly in the discussion. Mookie can flat out hit and second base isn't a deep prospect position right now. He didn't make the Top-101, and six second basemen did. I don't know if I can jump him that high, especially when Kolten Wong came in at number 33. If we had a re-do, however, you can be sure he'd be in there. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kolten Wong wasn't setting the world on fire, but he was hitting (SSS alert!) better than his 2 replacements. Is he getting Matheny'd, ala Rasmus got LaRussa'd?
(Max from Springfield)
I don't think so. I think the Cardinals thought he was pressing (or whatever) and wanted him to work through his issues on a lesser stage.

The interesting thing to me, and I don't just mean this question, is that Matheny seems to get blamed when the Cardinals do something unpopular, but gets no credit when they make a good move. Matheny isn't dictating roster moves by himself; at least, I'd hope a third-year manager isn't able to push around what we consider one of the best front offices in the sport. That doesn't add up. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kolten Wong, ready to live up to expectations, recieves 500 at bats in St. Louis Gregory Polanco up in the Burgh by mid April? Tyler Glasnow up late this season? Thanks for the chat, regardless if you get to this question, always enjoy the knowledge as you answer any question in general
(Dragonbreath from Gurnee, IL)
Just to break these up a little:

Wong should be fine, but the playing time estimate might be on the optimistic side. It wouldn't shock me if they platoon him with Mark Ellis, at least early on.

I doubt Polanco is up before mid-June. The Pirates have every financial reason to play the Super Two game with him. As with Glasnow, I'd lean toward not this year. You figure Jameson Taillon is in line ahead of him, and likely Nick Kingham as well. Add in some of the other bit arms the Pirates have, and I just don't see a clear path to the majors for him this season. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)The kid from Hawaii, Kolten Wong, is he truly a SB threat? Seems like his run tool is a bit overblown. I see him hitting .310 in the majors but doubt he goes about 10-12 SB's.
(Darren Charles from Oshkosh, WI)
If he hits .310, I wouldn't worry too much about the stolen base totals. I think he can run and has good instincts, so I think he can swipe some bags at the highest level. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keith Law said he prefers Marcus Semien to Kolten Wong. Can you go find him and beat some sense into him?
(Reed from Texas)
I'd rather have Wong, but it's not a ridiculous statement. Wong is more of a high-floor than a high-celing guy. If Semien turns into an everyday player, it will be close. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)I'm likely to have a shot to win this yr in my 20 team dynasty. I own the 1.3 pick which likely will be Baez. I was offered Adam Jones, Wong, and G. Stanton for my 1.3, Bautista, and Pence. I need a CF. Figured I get younger with equal or better upside for this year w/ a CF to start. What say you?
( Loria from Milwaukee)
Hi Loria:

A lot depends on the trading culture in your league. I think that deal is "fair" in that you are getting more talent back for this year, but even in a Roto league I would be given pause at dealing Baez in a deal like this without getting more back. I can usually pull a 2-for-1 or at least a 1.5-1 (MLB players for the farm player) for a quality prospect like Baez. The tough thing is that a full year of stat's from a MLB player like Kolten Wong isn't something to dismiss lightly. But Wong isn't an elite like the other hitters you're getting. And the more I look at this the more I don't like it. Jones/Giancarlo Stanton are better than Jose Bautista/Hunter Pence but not by a wide margin. I'd hold here. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you expect the Kolten Wong / Ellis experiment to play out this year? Will Wong's leash be short?
(Willy from Under the Christmas tree)
I like the mix-and-match they've got setting up. They have the right culture to set and manage player expectations as far as I can see, so I see the vets and rooks getting their time and all pulling on the same end of the rope.
I genuinely hope and don't expect Wong to have a short leash. You have to trust your young players and show them that failure is normal, expected, and temporary. Well, 2 out of 3 for sure. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your prediction for Rookies of the Leagues this year?
(Frank from Detroit)
Xander Bogaerts and Kolten Wong...that's my early guess. (Mark Anderson)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty 10 keeper in both MLB level and MILB level. I can keep Wong for free as one of my 10 MILB but can also probably trade Wong straight up for Profar (no longer MILB eligible) but would have to use a MLB keeper spot on him. Would probably cost me Rios or Ryu. I have no 2nd baseman (not keeping Utley) going into the year. Is the keeper spot worth the trade for 2014? Who do you foresee having a quicker/bigger impact Wong or Profar?
(Rich from St. Louis)
Hi Rich.

With Ian Kinsler out of the way, Jurickson Profar should have a much bigger fantasy impact than Kolten Wong in 2014. I could be wrong about Wong ( the way I was off base about Matt Carpenter) but I see Wong as more of a steady performer and not as a player with significant upside like Profar. Your decision is kind of tough, though, because you would have to give up either Alex Rios or Ryu. In this case, I might simply keep Wong since you're not surrendering the MLB slot and can keep both Wong and Rios or Wong and Ryu. It's a close call for me. I think I'd make the deal but I can see why you wouldn't either. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, Where will Rougned Odor rank among 2b prospects? Do you like him more long-term than Wong?
(Chad from OKC)
Hi Chad:

It could be argued that Odor is ahead of Kolten Wong and ahead of all 2B prospects, keeping in mind that 2B is generally a thinner position prospect wise than most positions. I think that Odor has a higher ceiling than Wong but given how young Odor is time will tell (yes, I know this is a big old copout). (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kolten Wong - the next Dustin Pedroia, or the next Fernando Vina (I'm not implying PEDs, FWIW)? Much thanks.
(Dan from Idaho )
Closer to Vina (Jason Parks)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just took over an abysmal squad in a 16-team, 7x7 format with 25 man rosters. I have stripped it down and the top of my depth chart around the infield reads Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Xander Bogaerts, and Lonnie Chisenhall. I'm not extremely confident, as of today, that anyone besides Bogaerts will get everyday reps in 2014. So the question becomes at what position(s) I should grab filler for this season. Who would you confidently run out there as starters? I'm considering one option of allowing Bogaerts to man third and pick up a Jed Lowrie/Brad Miller type to fill the gap up the middle. Any thoughts or insight as to how would you approach it?
(AnthopoJays from Houston TX)
It all depends on your waiver wire. I'd try to grab a 2B and a 3B and leave Bogaerts at short, but if Brad Miller (who I like) is the best option, by all means slide him over. I'd confidently play Adams and Bogaerts as starters in a 16-team league (and potentially Wong as well if Freese is traded) (Bret Sayre)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who is most likely to be the Cardinals' shortstop in 2014?
(whjohnson37 from Houston)
None of the above.

Seriously though the internal options aren't appealing. Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso both seem like fill-ins or utility options as opposed to starters, and while some have suggested that Kolten Wong can't be any worse at the position, I think he'd be too big of a stretch at the position defensively to give him a try. My guess based on internal options is Kozma. It wouldn't surprise me to see the club explore a trade or someone like Yunel Escobar is the market is right. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Shouldn't Matheny get some share of the blame for pinch-running Wong in that spot? Why waste your best baserunner in a complete non-baserunning situation? What if you tie it up and need a SB in extra-innings? Why use one of your few decent bats off the bench to run when the run doesn't matter? Why waste one of your best defensive replacements to run in a that situation? Why use a rookie whose best attribute is his aggressive base running in the exact situation where that trait can only get you in trouble? Matheny does some things very well, obviously, but his questionable "in-game moves" need some scrutiny, too. (Like not bringing in a lefty to pitch to Ortiz and letting Lynn walk him -- and then using Maness in a spot where the ground ball didn't matter.)
(R.J. Noir from Belleville, Ill)
I don't think you can blame Matheny for sticking Kolten Wong in to run. You want a fast runner, and Wong probably should have stayed closer to first to minimize the use of a pick-off. I don't think you can worry about extras there; you're two runs down with two outs in the ninth. You need to worry about getting that tie.

I agree with some of your other points. Matheny made some mistakes in Game 4, and there have been some tactics I'd question from earlier in the season. Running Wong there just isn't one of them. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)I have Bogaerts and Wong sitting on my minor league roster. What is the likelihood that I can depend on those guys as everyday middle infielders for next season? Do I need to sign a couple of placeholders to bridge the gap to 2015?
(AnthopoJays from TX)
It seems pretty likely that Xander Bogaerts is going to start next year. Stephen Drew isn't coming back, and even if Will Middlebrooks isn't finished, Bogaerts has a clear path to playing time. Kolten Wong is more of a mystery. David Freese could be non-tendered I suppose, but it seems more likely that he'll get a contract. That leaves Matt Carpenter at second base and leaves Wong out of a job. Sure, I suppose the club could try him at short, but I don't see that happening. These situations tend to have a way of resolving themselves, but there are no guarantees with Wong. If it's not too expensive, I'd grab one of those placeholders. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you rank these first-year 2b in order of who will have the best career? Kolten Wong, Scooter Gennett, Nick Franklin, Chris Owings, Wilmer Flores, Jonathan Schoop, Marcus Semien, Grant Green. Thank you.
(The Kernel from Pasadena)
Wong, Owings, Franklin, Schoop, Gennett, Semien, Flores, Green. (Jason Parks)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kolten Wong at SS, just crazy enough that it might work?
(Bubba from STL)
Yes. I don't see the Cardinals doing it, and Wong wouldn't be ideal as an everyday guy over there, but he can play some short in a pinch. While it's a below average arm, those instincts and quick feet would do okay at shortstop, I think. Not saying he'd be a gold glover or anything, but I think he'd hold his own or at least not kill you there. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)I know prospects are meant to be traded, but please tell me that a team who hasn't had a regular 2B since 2001, and has a natural 3B playing there this year, wouldn't be foolish enough to trade Kolten Wong, would they?
(Matt from Springfield)
The Cardinals are one of the top organizations, trust their Front Office they will not let you down. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jason! Eddie Rosario has been shadowed big time by Buxton and Sano but is he the best 2B prospect in baseball?
(Chris from Minnesota)
He's not. I don't really like him as a 2B; he doesn't field the ball very well and I don't see a lot of feel at the position. I like his bat, but I don't love his approach (he thinks he's a power hitter and drops his back shoulder to launch balls that travel around 375 ft instead of 400 ft.). Give me Kolten Wong every day of the week over Rosario. Every day. (Jason Parks)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Kolten Wong play SS at the major league level?
(James from STL)
He could play any position if asked to, but he wouldn't make an ideal SS at the highest level. That said, don't tell him he can't do it. He'll go out and prove you wrong. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Kolten Wong be a Cardinal after 7/31?
(Ricker from STL)
I hope so. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-27 13:15:00 (link to chat)So the Cardinals have an awesome problem. What are they going to do in 2014 with Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong, and Matt Adams when Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter, and Allen Craig already in their respective positions?
(Brady Childs from Boulder)
I wish we all had the Cardinals' problems. Carlos Beltran will be a free agent, and Craig can play a lot of positions, so finding time for Taveras, Adams, and Craig seems doable. Carpenter's emergence makes Wong a valuable trade chip. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Blue Jays traded Josh Johnson at the deadline what could they realistically expect in return? Would Rougned Odor from Texas or Kolten Wong from St. Louis be feasible?
(Kaya from Toronto)
I think it'll all depend on how Johnson performs and, perhaps mostly importantly, how the stuff looks leading up to the deadline. I think there are a number of teams curious about the direction Johnson will go over the next month. But those types of prospects would be at the very least what Toronto could probably get. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Other than Profar, who do you consider the best 2B prospect in the minors (including those at other positions currently)?
(Cal Guy from Cali)
I don't consider Profar to be a 2B prospect. I think that's an organizational need, not a developmental one. Big difference. You could say Franklin, or DeShields, or Schoop, but as far as a pure 2B, I'd pick Kolten Wong. (Jason Parks)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Cory ..... thanks for the chat. Which hot prospects do you think will be "held back" in the minors for Super-2 considerations this year? Taveras? Others?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Well, to be fair, Taveras doesn't have a clear-cut path to playing time, with Holliday and Beltran on the corners and Jay as the primary/platoon CF. But he will probably hit his way into a job this year. Wil Myers, Nolan Arenado, Jurickson Profar and Kolten Wong are just a few others who quickly come to mind. Like Taveras, Profar may indeed be ready right now, but there's no clear-cut everyday job for him right now so I can see the Rangers giving him a few more weeks in Triple-A while they figure it out. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospect are you most excited seeing getting a potential call up this year?
(Dickie from SRQ)
Ignoring the elite prospects: Kolten Wong. I love how he makes hitting look easy and I think he'll have a lengthy career as a solid starter. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kolten Wong - do you expect him up this year? Long term is he going to have enough value?
(Frederick from The Hills)
I wouldn't be surprised at all if we see him this summer. I think he has really nice, sneaky value. Just a solid across the board contributor with his primary value driven by batting average. The dude can flat out hit. Big fan. (Paul Sporer)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)After Kolten Wong's performance this past season, his overall ceiling has come into question for me. Is his ceiling first division or merely average regular?
(johnorpheus from st. louis)
If Wong develops into a merely average regular, he will still have a lot of value to the team. I think solid-avg regular is a safe outcome for him. I'd take it. (Jason Parks)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any of these prospects make a difference this year? Gary Brown, Darrin Ruf, Wilmer Flores, Christian Yelich, or Kolten Wong.
(Frederick from The Hills)
Ruf is the closest to the bigs, so there's a good chance we'll see him a bunch this year. Seems unlikely any of the others make an Opening Day Roster, but Kolten Wong is interesting given St. Louis' void at second base. Flores could stand a mid-to-late season chance with the Mets in a similar boat. Brown could be late season, Yelich is probably still a year off. (Derek Carty)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras' possibilities of starting the year with the big club in 2013?
(Josh from St. Louis)
Not very good. I don't see a clear path to the majors for Taveras in 2013, unless an off-season trade or injury opens up an opportunity. I think he reaches the level, but I don't think he breaks camp. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite prospects?
(Lil' Sebastian from The Barn)
The last time I answered a variation of this question I believe I said Kolten Wong and Chris Archer. I'd still say those two are tops. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-10-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does any team have more potential impact talent hitting the majors next year than the Cardinalswith OSCAR, Kolten Wong, and Shelby Miller?
(Billy from Ocean)
Nope, and I'm interested to see how the Cardinals work Taveras in next year -- if they do so at all. Jon Jay established himself this year and I wouldn't be surprised if the Cards let Taveras crush PCL pitching until an injury or September roster expansion opens up an opportunity for him in St. Louis. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-08-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kolten Wong more likely to get called up to start at 2B next year or 2014? Can he leadoff or best suited to be in the 2-hole?
(jason from muskegon, mi)
I think he'll get a good amount of big league time next year. For me, he's a two-hole hitter, but I've had some smart people challenge my assumptions of what a 2-hole hitter should be, which is something I've been thinking about lately. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-08-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, Would you go into the alternate viewpoint(s) of what a #2 hitter is you spoke about in the Kolten Wong answer?
(deckweb from fargo, nd)
Well, I go the more traditional route with a high-average contact guy w/ gap power, but there's reason to believe that a strikeout guy in that spot is fine, as he's not hitting into as many DPs. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)With few top quality 2B prospects (compared to other positions), could Kolten Wong be the best of the bunch?
(Eric from DC)
He could, yes. Fantastic all-around player. ++ hit-ability (Jason Parks)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)St. Louis is accumulating quite a pile of serviceable but mediocre second basemen (Greene, Descalso, Schumaker) who stand to get pipped if Kolten Wong continues his fast development. Who's the most tradeable of that crowd, and what could they get for him that would improve the team?
(Bill from New Mexico)
If St. Louis had its druthers, I think theyd trade Schumaker. Hes older than youd think (turned 32 in February) and costs more than the other two combined. I'm not sure if any of those three bring back a player who impacts the current roster.

On a related note: I really like Wong. He makes hitting look easy. (R.J. Anderson)


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