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Player Profile: Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals

Thought of as a 20/20 threat coming up through the minors, will he finally have that breakout season in 2018.

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Stats

Year Team PA AVG OBP SLG HR SB BB% K% GB/FB Hard%
Year Team PA AVG OBP SLG HR SB BB% K% GB/FB Hard%
2015 Cardinals 613 0.262 0.321 0.386 11 15 5.9% 15.5% 1.36 27.2%
2016 Cardinals 361 0.240 0.327 0.355 5 7 9.4% 14.4% 1.35 25.9%
2017 Cardinals 411 0.285 0.376 0.412 4 8 10.0% 14.6% 1.51 28.2%

Wong was once known as a highly regarded prospect, but has yet to live up to the hype. Many said that he had 20/20 potential and it looked like they were correct when he hit 12 home runs and stole 20 bases in just 433 plate appearances back in 2014. Since then it has been nothing but downhill for the 27 year old second baseman. Last season he did show some improvements at the plate as he hit for a .285 batting average and had an impressive 10.0% walk rate, but he only had 4 home runs and 8 stolen bases through the 411 plate appearances made in 2017. It looks like the high batting average and on-base percentage is going to continue on into 2018 as he owns a 25.2% O-Swing% and a 7.9% swinging strike rate. The only question is if he can find that power and stolen base potential we projected back when he was in the minors. Last season he owned a 28.2 hard contact rate and an unimpressive 48.1 ground ball percentage. He also ranks just above average in sprint speed with a 27.7 ft/sec. With all that coming together I do not see a 20/20 season in 2018 for the 27 year old. However, I would not be surprised to see 15/15 season with a .275 batting average, which would make him an easy top 200 player in fantasy leagues