Connor Wong is in baseball news lately due to being the headliner in the Wong/Cash Considerations deal—otherwise known as the Verudgo/Downs and Betts/Price trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox.
Wong helped lead Pearland High School to a 37-6 record and a Class 5A Texas semifinal appearance during his senior year in 2014. He then spent three seasons with the University of Houston before being drafted by the Dodgers. At Houston he was a premier utility player, playing multiple positions throughout his career. He was known for his ability to hurt teams with power and baserunning: reaching double digits in both home runs and stolen bases during his last year with the Cougars. He was named to Baseball America’s top 100 college prospects list (88) in his final year.
Professional Career So Far
Connor was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 2017 draft with the 100th pick and began his professional career in the Midwest League. He has steadily progressed through the Dodgers system, advancing at least one level each year he has played in the minors. In his career so far, he has continued to demonstrate a steady combination of power, speed, and positional versatility.
Most indications are that Wong has a good chance of carving out a future utility role.
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Wong has appeared on several 2020 team prospect lists:
|Prospects1500||#14 Red Sox prospect|
|MLB.com||#18 Red Sox prospect|
|Fangraphs||#13 Dodgers prospect|
|Baseball Prospectus||#16 Dodgers prospect|
|Prospects Live||#27 Dodgers prospect|
|FantraxHQ||#21 Dodgers prospect|
Outlooks Across the Industry
[He] strikes out too much to be considered an elite fantasy prospect at this juncture, but his power/speed combination is nice.
Wong is one-dimensional (power) at the plate, so he’ll rely on his defensive versatility
Baseball Prospectus (link to NESN article with quote)
he generates outsized power with a deep load and extreme torque, but it’s quite literally a hit-or-miss swing. It takes him a beat to trigger, and the ferocity with which he does often leads to a disjointed and slow barrel delivery, particularly when he gets after pitches on the inner third he wants to drive
[Wong is] an athletic, multi-positional player who spent his early college career at shortstop, Wong now sees time behind the plate, as he did throughout most of college, and at second and third base
2020 Minor League Baseball Analyst (book; link to Amazon)
Strong arm with solid receiving skills should allow him to stick behind the dish, but will need to make more contact as he moves up.
Wong doesn’t have big raw power but has learned to lift the ball well enough to do damage, with below-average contact skills and mostly average tools across the board.
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