ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 3, 2013 –The St. Louis Cardinals announced their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for May by honoring infielder Kolten Wong and left-handed relief pitcher Kevin Siegrist for their accomplishments on the field.
Wong, 22, the Cardinals first round (22nd overall) selection out of the University of Hawaii in the 2011 draft batted .375 (39-104) with four home runs and eight RBI during the month while posting a 1.035 on-base+slugging percentage (OPS) at Memphis (AAA). Wong put together a 15-game hitting streak from May 6-27, batting .429 (30-7) during the stretch. The left-handed swinging second baseman currently leads the first place Redbirds with a .327 batting average, 69 hits and five triples.
“Kolten had a tremendously consistent month with the bat, while also continuing to play good defense at 2nd base,” said Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch. “He’s been a big part of the success that Memphis has had this season”.
Siegrist, 23, the Cardinals’ 41st round (1,235th overall) selection out of Palm Beach Community College in the 2008 draft, did not allow an earned run during nine relief appearances in the month of May, splitting time between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA). The left-handed pitcher was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, surrendering four hits and six walks while striking out 21 over 13.2 innings for a walks+hits/IP ratio of 0.73. His numbers against left-handed batters this season have been stifling, as opposing hitters have tallied only three singles for a .103 (3-for- 29) opponent batting average with 19 strikeouts.
“Kevin has been extraordinarily tough on lefties this year, and has adapted very well to changing his role to a reliever,” said Vuch. “He earned his promotion to Memphis and we’re happy to see him picking up where he left off in Springfield.”