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3 Tampa Bay Rays prospects that could be on the move

By Austin Reimann
SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL West All-Star, Lucius Fox #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays warms up before the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL West All-Star, Lucius Fox #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays warms up before the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Kean Wong, 2B, LHH, 23, AAA

Kean Wong, the 22nd pick of the 4th round in the 2013 draft has steadily risen through the Rays farm system and now has nowhere to go. With the emergence of Joey Wendle and Brandon Lowe, Wong has nowhere to play at the big league level. Not to mention, Daniel Robertson can also play second base, and a good one at that.

The 23-year-old was denied a September call up despite putting together a solid year at Durham. Over the course of 116 games, Wong compiled 451 at-bats, hitting .282 with 9 homers and 23 doubles. That was good for a .406 slugging percentage and a .345 on base percentage. Per Fangraphs, Wong put ended the year with an above average wRC+ of 112.

A pretty typical second baseman at the plate who is rather versatile in the field, showing the ability to play third base and the outfield, Wong is ready to make the jump to the big leagues but is blocked in Tampa Bay.

The Rays obviously favored Brandon Lowe over Kean Wong as Lowe arrived in Tampa ahead of schedule and ahead of Kean Wong. Not to mention, the Rays already have their fair share of left-handed hitting infield options and are unlikely to add Wong to that mix.

I wouldn’t expect Kean Wong to bring an impact return on his own, but as the Rays look to possibly trade for a starter or power hitting righty, Kean Wong could very well be dangled as trade bait due to his ability to be on an opening day roster in 2019. I don’t expect him to be in Port Charlotte come spring training.

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