No, Kolten Wong isn’t here in St. Louis right now. No, he’s not in Atlanta with the team on the current road trip either. He’s not even on the disabled list.
He’s in Memphis. As in, AAA. The minor leagues. It’s not exactly where Wong figured he’d be when this season began. What started off in spring training as an atrocious beginning to 2014 but quickly morphed into red-hot hitting has quickly done another 180.
Mark Ellis is starting at 2nd base for the Cardinals almost everyday and Kolten Wong - the presumptive future at the position - is working through a demotion to the Pacific Coast League.
The 23-year old from Hawaii was hitting just .225 at the time of his new assignment with only two extra-base hits. He was starting to get buried in his own failures at the plate.
Dealing with not performing for stretches figures to be the biggest issue Wong has going forward in his professional career. The best hitters in Major League Baseball all have short memories offensively. They can go 0-15 but take their next at-bat as if they were 7-15 during that time.
You can’t get too high when things are good as a baseball player but you also can’t get too low when things are bad. You’re never as good as you think you are but you’re also never as bad as you think you are.
Kolten Wong is going to have to learn this eventually. He’ll be back with the Cardinals. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. It’s not like the veteran Mark Ellis is tearing the cover off the ball either this year - he’s batting .205 himself - so more production will be needed from there at some point.
Ellis is a nice player who you know what you’re going to get. But he doesn’t have the pure talent that Wong possesses.
While GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny sit and wait for the offense to come to life there are those who are trying to show they’re worthy of a chance.
Kolten Wong got his early but squandered it. No one doubts the fact he’ll get another one at some point.
The only question is when.