CHICAGO (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals called up highly touted prospect Kolten Wong on Friday and put him in the middle of the lineup against the Chicago Cubs.
The 22-year-old Wong, a former standout at Kamehameha Hawaii and the University of Hawaii, played second base and batted sixth, going 0-for-3 as St. Louis lost 7-0. He grounded into a double play in his first major league plate appearance.
"This is something that we've been thinking about for some time," Cardinals general manager John Mo-zeliak said before the game. "I've been asked about his progress for the last few months, and I've said I think he's ready for the big leagues."
After retiring the Cubs’ Donnie Murphy at second base, the Cardinals’ Kolten Wong throws to first in time to complete a double play on a ball hit by Starlin Castro in the fourth inning of Chicago’s 7-0 win over St. Louis on Friday.
Wong was a first-round draft pick in 2011. The two-time Futures Game selection was batting .303 in 107 games at Triple-A Memphis this year, with 10 home runs, 45 RBIs, 21 doubles, eight triples and 20 stolen bases.
"To Kolt's credit, his game is a little bit of everything," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.