Honolulu gets the scoop.
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Starting him at QC. Love the aggressiveness.
Don’t think it’s really that aggressive. He’s an advanced hitter, so putting him at Batavia or Johnson City doesn’t make much sense.
If they were being aggressive they’d be sending him to Palm Beach.
Friggin awesome. He’s going straight to quad cities. They can use his bat. Love that we signed our first round pick in June.
Great news – get him into the system and let him go!
Bonus is either right at or a little over slot $ for that pick #.
Love it. Cannot wait to see what he can do.
+1, great to have our first rd pick sign this early, with a guy like Wong, the earlier he starts his pro career, the better! Hope he is able to move fairly quickly and in a few years become an above average mlb 2nd baseman!
Goold says deal isn’t done but I suspect that’s more of the paperwork isn’t signed. Sounds like there’s a generally agreed to principle for the deal. I’d expect “official” word in the before July.
Ghostrider is killing it today. He was first to scoop the Batista news over at VEB
awesome. his mom must be proud.
Mo says that no deal has been reached.
I doubt that’s true given that he’s reporting to QC on Monday to play.
In case no one has mentioned *exactly* how impressive Wong’s 2011 season was, according to collegesplits.com, Wong had the second-highest adjusted OPS in all of division one baseball.
First basemen, outfielders, everybody—Wong was number two, with a park & schedule-adjusted line of .455/.548/.670.
Moreover, in February + March, Wong had a fine 10/11 ratio of walks to whiffs…but in April/May, the guy drew 32 free passes and struck out a grand total of 9 times.
Last summer in the Cape Cod League (where KW was the MVP, of course), Wong posted an OPS about 250 points above the league. I mean, by my quick math, the league hit a paltry .232/.315/.310; Kolten batted .341/.426/.452….so even his isolated power was substantially better than his wood-bat league-mates (.111 to .078).
Oh, and Wong stole 22 bases in 44 games on the Cape, as well. Pretty impressive for a guy with “average speed,” no?
Of everyone drafted this year, I’d say Wong has the best chance of any to win an MLB batting title—with some homers and steals, to boot. ;)
news cast kept referring to QC as hi A; even Wong, i think, called it that. funny to hear Wong say he looks forward to hi A because he wanted to show them he was ready for the challenge, instead of starting lower. whoops.
They both probably meant as opposed to short season A ball.
Not surprised he starts in Quad Cities. Seems that is where they put their early round guys, Didn’t Wallace and Luna star there as well?
It’s great to see a kid who’s about playing the game rather than “showin’ the money”…. I think it’s smart of the team to get it done and put the kid out there to play. Why burn half a season foolin’ around for a few bucks.
Looking at the players that haven’t signed the ones that I would really like to see signed are listed below. Several of these players are really taking a gamble by not signing.
Christopher Kirsch – LHP – 6′ 2″ 185 11/15/1991 Rd 21 Unsigned
Justin Kamplain – LHP – 6′ 0″ – 175 02/13/1993 Rd 22 Unsigned
Brett Graves – RHP – 6′ 1″ 170 01/30/1993 Rd 26 Unsigned
Christopher Matulis – LHP – 6′ 6″ 217 04/09/1990 Rd 29 Unsigned (Gambling)
Kevin Jacob – LHP – 6′ 6″ 225 03/26/1989 Rd 31 Unsigned (Gambling)
Kyle Arnsberg – 1B – L / R – 6′ 5″ 205 08/15/1990 Rd 40 Unsigned
Cody Poarch – RHP – 6′ 6″ 195 03/02/1991 Rd 42 Unsigned
Christopher Constantino – RHP – 6′ 3″ 235 10/08/1991 Rd 43 Unsigned
David Schmidt - RHP – 6′ 0″ 175 01/21/1993 Rd 47 Unsigned
Keep in mind I’m looking at guys latter on in the draft. Mu hope is that all the top picks will sign. Also of note I noticed the Cards signed Scott Bittle the other day as a free agent. Had they released him?
WHere did you see that at? I hadn’t got any word that they released him.
06/19/11 St. Louis Cardinals signed free agent RHP Scott Bittle.
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