September 17, 2021

The Los Angeles Angels Claim Kean Wong (Baseball Essential)

The Los Angeles Angels acquired second base prospect Kean Wong off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday and transferred Griffin Canning to the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move.

Wong was removed from Tampa Bay’s roster on Sunday, simply due to the fact that, aside from maybe outfielder Johnny Davis, there were no other legitimate alternatives, as their roster is so talented. The 24-year-old second baseman is coming off a rather successful season in Triple A in which he slashed .307/.375/.464 (.839 OPS) over 506 plate appearances. He also managed to hit 29 doubles, six triples, and 10 home runs to go along with 63 RBIs and six stolen bases. This led to his first major league call-up in which he struggled over a limited sample size, going 3-for-14 with one run scored over six games.  Based on the small sample size, these numbers should obviously be taken with a grain of salt, as should his 0-for-4 Thursday night Angels debut.

While Wong has long been overshadowed in the Rays’ loaded minor-league system due to a lack of flashy tools, he has drawn at least average marks in all five tools. He has shown a reasonably strong contact ability with the potential for…

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