St. Louis Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong is in the middle of a postseason hunt with his team, but that doesn’t mean he stops being a protective older brother.
Wong’s younger brother, Kean, is currently playing for the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. By all accounts, the 23-year-old prospect had a pretty terrific season — he slashed .282/.345/.406 with nine home runs and seven stolen bases over 116 games. He was also named to the Triple-A All-Star team and won the International League Top Star award by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in said All-Star game. Going back a season, Kean was also the MVP of the 2017 Triple-A National Championship game. So the kid can play a little, to put it mildly.
Despite all that, the Rays have not promoted him to the Big Leagues. And Kolten isn’t happy about it.
According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kolten claims the Rays have passed over promoting Kean “three or four times” now.
“He’s just in a bad organization which doesn’t give chances to guys who deserve chances,” Kolten said. “That’s tough for him. He’s a really good player and not to have a chance is sad.”
“To do it in the biggest games and not get a nod … it’s a slap in the face to him. I had to talk to him and kind of keep him going. They called up a couple of guys that were below him (in classification). They just kind of overlooked him. That’s crazy, for what he’s done in his career.”
The younger Wong now has over 2,500 plate appearances over six years of minor league baseball (from rookie ball, all the way up to AAA). You’d have to think he gets a shot in The Show fairly soon, even if it’s not with the Rays.