In the News: Connor Wong (Red Sox Trade)

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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.

Pre-Professional Career

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.

Teams Played For
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff Stint From To
2017 21 AZL Dodgers Arizona League Rk LAD 2017-07-17 2017-07-17
2017 21 Great Lakes Loons Midwest League A LAD 2017-07-19 2017-09-03
2018 22 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League A+ LAD 2018-04-05 2018-09-03
2019 23 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League A+ LAD 2019-04-04 2019-07-14
2019 23 Tulsa Drillers Texas League AA LAD 2019-07-16 2019-09-02
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/11/2020.

Statistics

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2017 21 -0.3 Great Lakes MIDW A LAD 27 107 97 19 27 6 0 5 18 1 1 7 26 .278 .336 .495 .831
2017 21 1.2 Dodgers ARIZ Rk LAD 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
2018 22 -0.3 Rancho Cucamonga CALL A+ LAD 102 431 383 64 103 20 2 19 60 6 2 38 138 .269 .350 .480 .831
2019 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA LAD 111 465 423 56 119 24 7 24 82 11 3 32 143 .281 .336 .541 .878
2019 23 -0.8 Tulsa TL AA LAD 40 163 149 17 52 9 1 9 31 2 1 11 50 .349 .393 .604 .997
2019 23 0.5 Rancho Cucamonga CALL A+ LAD 71 302 274 39 67 15 6 15 51 9 2 21 93 .245 .306 .507 .813
Mino Mino Mino Mino Minors 241 1004 904 139 249 50 9 48 160 18 6 77 308 .275 .342 .510 .852
NCAA NCAA NCAA NCAA NCAA 184 856 733 152 205 32 8 23 104 38 8 98 133 .280 .372 .439 .811
Othe Othe Othe Othe Other 79 278 245 33 70 12 1 4 30 4 2 22 50 .286 .347 .392 .739
All All All All 504 2138 1882 324 524 94 18 75 294 60 16 197 491 .278 .354 .467 .822
AA ( AA ( AA ( AA ( Minors 40 163 149 17 52 9 1 9 31 2 1 11 50 .349 .393 .604 .997
A+ ( A+ ( A+ ( A+ ( Minors 173 733 657 103 170 35 8 34 111 15 4 59 231 .259 .332 .492 .824
A (1 A (1 A (1 A (1 Minors 27 107 97 19 27 6 0 5 18 1 1 7 26 .278 .336 .495 .831
Rk ( Rk ( Rk ( Rk ( Minors 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/12/2020.

 

Prospect Rankings

Wong has appeared on several 2020 team prospect lists:

Site Ranking
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

Prospects1500

[He] strikes out too much to be considered an elite fantasy prospect at this juncture, but his power/speed combination is nice.

Prospects Live

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

Fangraphs

[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.

ESPN

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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