Cardinals 2012 AFL interviews: Kolten Wong

Wong finished with a .287 AFL average

In our continuing series of interviews with St. Louis Cardinals prospects who competed in the Arizona Fall League, we speak with second baseman Kolten Wong.

It has been a long time – back to Adam Kennedy in 1997 - since the St. Louis Cardinals drafted a second baseman as early in the draft as they did with Kolten Wong in 2011.

Wong
In his first full season, the 22-year-old seemed to pass every test, despite being challenged to compete at the Double-A level. Wong participated in the Futures Game, was a mid- and post-season Texas League all-star and helped lead his team to the league title. Then, he continued his solid play in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named to the Rising Stars Showcase.

Wong suffered a minor leg injury that kept him out of the season's final week, but it was not considered serious.

More than any Cardinals prospect perhaps, a job seems to await Wong in St. Louis – if and when he proves he is ready. Sometime in 2013 is not out of the question.

His Surprise manager, Jason Wood of the Rangers organization, was asked by MLB Network which player on his AFL squad is closest to being ready for the majors. His reply was Wong. Considering the team's roster included other top prospects including league MVP Chris McGuiness, that says a lot.

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Coming soon: This interview is part of a series of interviews with the seven Cardinals prospects still competing in the 2012 Arizona Fall League.

Cardinals AFL interviews previously posted:
Hitting coach Joe Kruzel
Pitcher Seth Blair (video)
Pitcher Kevin Siegrist
Outfielder Mike O'Neill
Catcher Cody Stanley
Pitcher Boone Whiting



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnationblog.com. Also catch his Cardinals commentary daily at The Cardinal Nation blog. Follow Brian on Twitter.

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