The St. Louis Cardinals were forced to send highly touted second baseman Kolten Wong a couple weeks back after his rough start to the season. Since his demotion, he has been playing extremely well in the minor leagues, and looks to be prepared to take the step back up to the majors.
According to Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak, the possibility is certainly being discussed and could happen in the very near future.
Mozeliak on Wong: “We may make a decision on that in the near future as well.” Hitting .344, had four RBIs today. Is banging on the door.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) May 13, 2014
This is certainly going to be an interesting situation to keep an eye on over the next couple of weeks. Wong has been considered as the heir apparent to the second base position in St. Louis, but was quite frankly terrible in his first stint this year. If he has indeed turned things around and gotten his bat going a bit, he might be able to stick in the major leagues this time around.
Wong has played in 20 games this season with the Cardinals, recording just a .225 batting average to go along with no home runs and five RBI’s. Those numbers obviously deserved the demotion, but should be taken with a grain of salt as well. He is a young player that is still trying to learn the big league game, and will likely need some time to develop and get the hang of things.
At just 23 years of age, there is plenty of time for Wong to figure things out and get his career back on track. He will likely see some major league playing time in the near future, but will be sent back down to minor league affiliate Memphis if he struggles again. There is definitely pressure on him to succeed immediately, but he needs to focus on the present and what he can do to make a positive impact for the Cardinals.