The St. Louis Cardinals announced Wednesday they’ve finalized a five-year deal with former Quad Cities River Bandits second baseman Kolten Wong.
Wong’s new $25.5 million contract covers the 2016 through 2020 seasons, and also includes a club option for 2021. The infielder batted .262 with 11 HR, 61 RBI and 15 SB in 150 games with the Cardinals last year.
Wong played 47 regular-season games with the 2011 River Bandits, batting .335 with 5 HR, 25 RBI and 9 SB. He remained with the team during its postseason run, which resulted in a Midwest League championship title.
Wong’s brother Kean also played in the Midwest League. He batted .306 with 2 HR, 24 RBI and 13 SB in 106 games with the 2014 Bowling Green Hot Rods. He played for the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs last season, batting .274 with 1 HR, 36 RBI and 15 SB in 103 games.
Gomber pitches against alma mater
The Cardinals played against the Florida Atlantic University Owls on Wednesday, with left-handed pitcher and FAU alumnus Austin Gomber drawing the start for St. Louis. He threw two perfect innings.
Gomber excelled in the Midwest League last year, going 15-3 with a 2.67 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, 140 strikeouts and 34 walks in 135 innings (22 starts) for the Peoria Chiefs.