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Wong and Linsky are selected in MLB draft

Kolten Wong
Kolten Wong
University of Hawaii Athletics

As expected, Kolten Wong got drafted in the 1st round. Relief pitcher Lenny Linsky was selected in the 2nd round by the Tamp Bay Rays with the 89th overall pick. The 2 were key components for the University of Hawaii baseball team which saw the best 2-year run since the early 90's. The Rainbows won the WAC Tournament title and the bid into the NCAA Regionals last year and were the WAC regular season champions this season.

Wong becomes the first non-pitcher from Hawaii to be selected in the 1st round. The first player to be selected early was ace pitcher Derek Tatsuno in 1979.

Some have felt that Wong may have been over rated and that his draft status would slip, particularly after this season as teams pitched around him. Critics have also cited his size (5' 7") and his defense as detractors to scouts. One critic even noted this comparison, "If you had another second baseman with the same numbers, and he had power and was 6' 1", who would you take?"

Many a coach, scout, major league manager, or analyst have said this - if you can hit, you can make it to the big leagues. Kolten wong has proven that he can hit. He finished this season with a batting average of .378 with most of the WAC teams not giving him anything he could even nibble on. That tells me that he was patient, took the walks, and did not feel pressured to "perform". So if the "if he can hit..." theory stays true, then the efficiency on his transition on the double play would be the least of his worries.