It wasn’t long ago that St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was tearing up Midwest League pitching. Having since been moved up from the low-A league to the highest level of baseball, the time has come for a new Wong to leave his prints on the minors.
This morning Kolten’s younger brother Kean, a second base prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, was named as a MWL All-Star. The 19-year-old, in his first full professional season, has hit .320 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 10 runs batted in, and 5 stolen bases in 44 games for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
The outstanding first half of the 2014 season comes off of the heels of his break-out performance last season, where the 2013 4th round selection hit .328 with 22 RBI in 177 at-bats.
In 2011, Kolten hit .335 for Quad Cities in the MWL. Yesterday, he was named as May’s National League Rookie of the Month.
Kean is scheduled to start for the East team in the 2014 MWL All-Star Classic, which is set for June 17 at West Michigan’s Fifth Third Ballpark.