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St. Louis Cardinals Sign, Then Don't Sign, 2011 MLB Draft First-Rounder Kolten Wong

For a while Wednesday the St. Louis Cardinals' online fanbase was positively giddy with excitement. Miguel Batista was released, replaced by rookie Lance Lynn, and then rumors began to spread that Kolten Wong, the Cardinals' first pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, had signed a contract and would be reporting directly to full-season ball with low-A Quad Cities. 

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Batista is still gone on Thursday morning, but the Cardinals denied the rumors about Wong as soon as they hit the internet. 

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You can understand why Cardinals fans might be overeager. Last year's first-rounder, Zack Cox, didn't sign until right before the deadline, which left fans with little more than a few at-bats in the Gulf Coast League to follow along with until 2011, when he moved directly to high-A Palm Beach. One of Wong's positive traits, especially relative to Cox, is his perceived signability; if he and the Cardinals haven't come to an agreement yet, they'd better do it soon.

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If for no other reason than I could always use another reason to read the Daily Farm Report on Future Redbirds every morning.

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