Tampa Bay Rays: 3 hitters who will make their debut in 2019
The Tampa Bay Rays have a stacked farm system. The talent is spread throughout all levels of their farm system, here are 3 hitters who are poised to make their debuts this year.
#1 Kean Wong, 23, LHH
Kean Wong, the brother of Cardinals’ second baseman Kolten Wong, is poised to finally make it to the big leagues in 2019. Wong has spent a majority of the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays Triple-A affiliate, the Durham Bulls.
In 2018, the 23-year-old who can play a handful of positions including all 3 outfield positions, brought in 3 MVP awards.
- Durham Bulls 2018 MVP
- 2018 AAA All-Star Game MVP
- 2018 AAA Championship Game MVP
2018 numbers at Durham:
116 G // .282/.345/.406 // 9 HR // 50 RBI
The issue for Wong is that Joey Wendle, Brandon Lowe, and Daniel Robertson can all cover second, base, third base, and the corner outfield positions. This leaves Wong with nowhere to play at the major league level.
He is a nice player to have at Durham if one of the names mentioned above goes down with an injury. Many believe that he has the ability and is ready to play at the major league level when his name is called.
I do believe he will make an impact at the major league level this year, I just don’t know if it will be with the Rays. With a strong start at Durham, Kean Wong’s versatility could be a hot commodity at the deadline for a rebuilding team with bullpen pieces to send our way. On the other hand, if Wendle, Lowe, or Robertson go down with an injury Kean Wong should be ready for a call.