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MLB Draft 2011: Kolten Wong Reviews Mixed On Draft Day

Kolten Wong, the St. Louis Cardinals' first pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, received mixed reviews after being selected 22nd overall in the first round. An undersized second baseman with great hitting skills and line drive power, some are worried about his projectability, as well as his defense at second base, while the Cardinals are optimistic that he'll be able to move quickly through a system that's largely devoid of prospects in the middle infield.

Future Redbirds calls the pick "on the safe side but not as bad as Pete Kozma," the Cardinals' much-maligned first-rounder in 2007, and collates some scouting reports that vary in terms of power—not much to 10-15 home runs a year—future—could end up at catcher, of all places, to could play all over the infield—and "powerfully built" to not especially projectable.

Viva El Birdos's reactions were similarly mixed, settling on a player who is a better bet than Kozma but not the most exciting player available in the draft. If he signs as quickly as some expect him to, Wong will be able to dispel these doubts with a strong debut in full-season ball.