Wong said he was motivated after struggling to perform in a part-time role last year. Wong hit just .153 over 59 at-bats during the regular season. He admitted not being a full-time player was tough. "That’s something I’d never done before," Wong said. "I tried my best to do as much as I could off the bench. And, unfortunately, I didn’t do too well."
Wong said talking to Allen Craig helped him focus last season. Craig had once been in a similar role with the club, but eventually broke out in a full-time role. Wong will be looking to do the same this season. "I’m definitely going to prove everyone wrong. I worked so hard with my dad this offseason (in Hawaii) that, for me to fail, it’s going to take a lot."
Wong is expected to open the year as the team's starter at second base.
It's easy to tell
"I'm super excited," Wong told MLB.com. "Last year, I got the chance to see what those guys got to experience who play every day. I hope I get the chance this year to go as far as we did last year.
"My job [last year] was to pinch-run, pinch-hit once in a while. I wanted to be sure I knew how to approach that. Now that I'm getting a chance to start, I want to make the most of it."
Although Wong hit .301 with a .365 on-base percentage and .811 OPS in 280 minor-league games, he hit .153 in 32 regular-season games and .167 in seven postseason games after his promotion to the majors last season. Though, Wong is hopeful with everyday at-bats that he will return to the hitter he was in the minors.
"When I was up there, I could tell my swing was getting a little long," Wong said. "I usually have a short, compact swing. My swing was either getting longer or the ball was getting on me quicker. I worked this offseason on shortening my swing. Hopefully time and playing every day will help."
"When they're looking at true opportunity, they know that
The Cardinals made their intentions clear by trading David Freese to the Angels earlier this offseason, allowing Matt Carpenter to move to third base, thereby opening up second base for Wong. Though Wong was unable to secure a full-time role after his callup in August, hitting .153 in 59 at-bats, the Cardinals are still confident in their 2013 minor-league player of the year.
"We put him in a situation that he'd never been in before," manager Mike Matheny said, referring to Wong's platoon role with Freese. "He's shown every indication [of being a starter] and shown it to all of us, too. We just didn't get to see it night after night of what kind of excitement he brings to the field. So the talent level isn't the question. It's just a matter of maturing."
The bad news is
Wong, a left-handed hitter, has started the four games against right-handed pitchers. Freese, a right-handed hitter, has handled the three games against lefties.
Maybe to you, split at-bats are just split at-bats, but the predictability of this particular platoon at least gives you some justification to use Wong in Fantasy. In daily leagues, you'll know to start him whenever the Cardinals are facing a right-hander, and in weekly leagues, you can look ahead to see how many righties they're scheduled to face.
Of course, knowing when Wong will play is only half the battle. He still has to produce to matter in Fantasy, and in that regard, the jury's still out. The three stolen bases are nice to see, though.
Wong sat Wednesday as well. The team is trying to figure out how to give Matt Carpenter, David Freese and Wong consistent playing time. Wong has a .278 average in 18 at-bats.
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