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Rays add infielder Wong in fourth round of Draft

Rays add infielder Wong in fourth round of Draft

Rays add infielder Wong in fourth round of Draft

With their fourth-round pick (No. 128 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Rays selected high school second baseman Kean Wong.

Wong's older brother, Kolten, was the Cardinals' 2011 first-round pick. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Wong is from Waiakea High School in Hawaii. While comparisons between the brothers are inevitable, the biggest difference might be that Kean is not a lock to stay at second base. Third base may be his best position, and he played catcher this spring as well.

"A lot of [shared] characteristics with Kolten. He's a little bigger and stronger, probably not quite the runner that Kolten was or is, but a guy that we think really doesn't have any real holes," Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison said. "He's a good, hard, line-drive guy, average runner. He's played all over the field. We like him best at second base. That's what we're going to do with him."

Wong has a short, compact stroke and a good approach at the plate. He has good power for his size, but he is more of a line-drive hitter.

He batted .435 and posted a .563 on-base percentage his senior season. He also had three home runs and 26 RBIs. Wong was named the BIIF Division I Player of the Year by league coaches. It was his fourth straight appearance on the first team following his brother, who also earned the top award in his senior season.

He is a heady player and has a good feel for the game on offense and defense. Wong is committed to Hawaii, where his older brother was an All-American.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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