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Wong named NL rookie of the month

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(BaseballStL) -- Cardinals' second baseman Kolten Wong was named NL Rookie of the Month for May, MLB announced prior to Tuesday's game.

The 23-year-old Rainbow Warrior, who is batting in the second spot Tuesday night, batted .333 in just 13 games played in the month of May. He collected five stolen bases in six attempts while cranking out a career best 8-game hitting streak from May 16 though May 26.

His batting average in May bested all other NL second basemen, beating out Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips (.297) and Philadelphia's Chase Utley (.291).

Wong was sent back down to Triple-A Memphis on April 28th, losing the starting job to elder statesman Mark Ellis, but was recalled on May 14 to go on a tear of four doubles and six RBIs in just two weeks worth of games.

Cards receive Minor League honors

Teammate Randal Grichuk and right-handed relief pitcher Chris Perry out of Peoria (A) were also honored for the play in the minor leagues by being named Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for May.

Grichuk, 22, slugged six doubles, seven homers and 15 RBI in the month of May and a gigantic 1.029 slugging percentage in Triple-A Memphis before being called up to St. Louis last Friday.

Perry, 23, had 10 relief appearances in Memphis going 2-0 with a minuscule 0.46 ERA. He fanned 40 batters, the most of any pitcher who did not make a start in Single-A ball and ranked eighth overall.

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