This week, we have a very special edition of On the Farm, our weekly look at Hawai’i baseball players in the minor leagues.
Today, in New York City, former University of Hawai’i All-American Kolten Wong hit the field for team USA in Major League Baseball’s Futures Game. The event, featuring the top prospects in all of baseball, laid witness to the offensive and defensive prowess of the 2011 first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Kamehameha-Hawai’i graduate entered the game in the 5th inning as a defensive replacement, and wasted no time to shine. The second baseman turned the first of his three double plays, a 4-6-3 connection to end the frame.
In the bottom half, Wong laced the first pitch he saw, a 94 mile-per-hour fastball up in the zone for a line-drive single to center field. Four pitches later, the Hilo boy showed off the wheels, swiping second base. He’d finish his day 1-2 with a pop-up to right and that single.
As for the uniform, Wong made sure he acknowledged his state and former New York standouts from the 808, like Sid Fernandez and Benny Agbayani, by rocking number 50.
Wong and the United States beat the World for the fourth-straight year, 4-2.