Got It All Wong
Given the positional instability shown by the Cardinals over the last three years, why bother choosing Hawaiian second baseman Kolten Wong (hereafter known as Molten Wang because I’m immature) as your first draft pick? Why not just draft a mop-and-bucket combo as your future second baseman, considering how little the team apparently values the position. I mean, Skip Schumaker – a former outfielder – has been forced to play there despite a fielding percentage two points lower than a disabled mule.
I imagine Wong excitedly telling his friends about his hopes for someday playing in the Cardinals’ infield, all the while unaware that he could very well be playing center field, selling beer in the stands, or being the mop boy in the shower room. All I know is that Wang needs to immediately go buy some additional gloves.
As for his skill set, he’s been described as a “technical hitter” and an average defender at second, which bests our current second base situation by leaps and bounds. Wang has also been described as a “safe pick,” meaning that his chances of making it to the major leagues is high because he has at least enough skill to be a bench guy. Yawn.
I realize that the draft is a bit like finding a kernel of corn in an elephantine pile of shit, and all too often “lottery ticket” draftees of high potential never end up doing what you hope. But couldn’t the Cardinals go after a spectacular talent with their first pick, someone who fills a more exciting description than “the Hawaiian Schumaker?” This is the kind of first round draft pick that has loaded our farm system with boring, Pete Kozma-style benchwarmers.
There are impact players out there. Go get them.