St. Louis Cardinals’ second baseman Kolten Wong had an up and down start to the 2014 season. With high expectations as a top prospect in the St. Louis system, Wong was sent down for a 15 game refresher in Triple-A.
Back up with the Cardinals, Wong is hoping to show that he is ready to stay. There’s nothing like a grand slam to snap a prolonged scoreless streak to get that process started. That’s exactly what Wong did in a second inning at-bat against Kansas City Royals’ ace James Shields on Tuesday night.
It was the first time the Cardinals scored in 20 innings. It was also the first home run of Wong’s young career.
In 15 games in the minor leagues, Wong batted .344/.382/.484. If St. Louis gets anything near that production from Wong at second base, it will be a boon to a Cardinals’ lineup that has been a little bit sketchy this season.
As for his major league numbers, Wong was batting .268/.333/.325 entering Tuesday. With eight stolen bases to go along with those numbers, the Cardinals would probably most like to see a bump in Wong’s on-base numbers. Any power that comes with that is gravy.
Check out the video of Wong’s grand slam below, courtesy of MLB.com: