The Giants claimed Wong off waivers from the Angels on Tuesday. The 24-year-old made his major-league debut last season, but failed to impress with the Rays and Angels, recording a .333 OPS with six strikeouts in 18 at-bats. He was effective at the Triple-A level in 2019, hitting .307/.375/.464 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI over 113 games.
Wong went 0-for-4 and scored a run in a victory over Houston on Thursday. Wong was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Tuesday and made his debut with the club Thursday when he entered as a pinch runner for Brian Goodwin in the second inning. He came around to score on a sacrifice fly but otherwise had a quiet night. Goodwin is expected to miss at least one game with back spasms, perhaps giving the versatile Wong -- who has spent time playing multiple positions in both the infield and outfield -- an opportunity to nab a start over the final weekend of the season.
Wong reported to the Angels on Wednesday. Wong was claimed off waivers Tuesday and is likely to get into a few games during the final week of the season as the Angels evaluate his role for next year. The 24-year-old fared well with Triple-A Durham this season, slashing .307/.375/.464 with 10 homers, 29 doubles, 63 RBI and six stolen bases in 113 games.
Wong was designated for assignment Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Wong was bumped from the roster due to the return of Brandon Lowe from the 60-day injured list. Since being called up Sept. 5, Wong collected three hits -- all singles -- and scored a run across 14 plate appearances.
Wong's contract was purchased from Triple-A Durham prior to Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. He's starting at second base and hitting eighth in his big-league debut Thursday, per Tolentino. The younger brother of Kolten Wong, Kean has been a super utility player at Triple-A, capable of playing all three outfield spots in addition to second base, third base and shortstop. While his older brother was a first-round pick and highly touted prospect, Wong has always profiled as a utility player after getting selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. This was his third year at Triple-A, so he unsurprisingly had his best season at that level, hitting .307/.375/.464 with 10 home runs and six steals in 113 games.
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