Less than 24 hours after word broke that the St. Louis Cardinals could recall top prospect 2B Kolten Wong to the Majors in the near future, the team elected to pull the trigger on the move.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 14, 2014
To be honest, this entire situation is a bit odd for the Cardinals. First, they demoted a highly pedigreed second baseman after just 20 games in the Major Leagues. Then, they followed that up by recalling him after just 15 games back in triple-A, despite the fact that he has always knocked the cover off the ball throughout the minor leagues.
In 15 games with triple-A Memphis, the 23-year-old Wong hit .344/.382/.484 with 2 home runs and 14 runs scored, and the talent is certainly there for him to be a top-flight second baseman for years to come. It will be interesting to see how Mike Matheny and company choose to handle his playing time with veteran Mark Ellis also at the position, but if St. Louis is smart (and they usually are), they will leave Wong in the majors barring disaster.
The Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wong’s name in the lineup. Stay tuned.