Wong's contract was purchased by the Red Sox on Friday. Acquired from the Dodgers in the Mookie Betts trade, Wong is Boston's top catching prospect. He spent the summer at the alternate training site after finishing 2019 at Double-A, so he should open the year at Triple-A. Wong has significant right-handed power, but needs to improve his approach at the plate.
Wong was added to the Red Sox's 60-man player pool. Wong, who is not on the 40-man roster, joins Boston's player pool as one of five catchers. He has a mere 40 games of experience above High-A, so it's not expected that the 24-year-old native of Houston (Tex.) will ever see time in the majors in 2020. There is a lot of swing-and-miss in Wong, who struck out 30.8 percent of the time in 2019, although he carried an .878 OPS and hit 24 home runs in two stops. The power tool is better than the hit tool at this stage of his development, and Wong needs to make more consistent contact against advanced pitching in the upper levels of the minors.
The Dodgers have agreed to send Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Wong to the Red Sox in exchange for Mookie Betts and David Price, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Wong finished the 2019 season with Double-A Tulsa, hitting .349/.393/.604 with nine home runs, 31 RBI and 17 runs scored in 163 plate appearances. Plate discipline has been an area of concern for the 23-year-old catching prospect, recording a 32:147 BB:K across all minor league levels last year. Wong will look to make a positive impression on the Red Sox this spring.
Wong went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday. After hitting 19 homers in 102 games in the California League last season, the backstop has continued to showcase impressive power in his second season with the Quakes, as this marked his 15th long ball in 261 at-bats. Despite the consistent power numbers, Wong's plate discipline still leaves a bit to be desired, as he's sporting a 20:89 BB:K which has contributed to a pedestrian .245 batting average. The 23-year-old will likely need to improve that aspect of his game to really bolster his case to move up in the Dodgers system.
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