Delino DeShields started at second base for the United States team in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. His father, of the same name, played two seasons with the Cardinals in 1997-98. This meant that Cardinals prospect Kolten Wong, who has been performing for Class AAA Memphis, two levels ahead of Houston minor-leaguer DeShields, was in a backup role Sunday. Wong, who didn’t enter the game until the fifth inning, may have to get used to that. Unless something happens at the big-league level, Wong, the Cardinals’ top draft pick in 2011, will be a backup to newly minted Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter, who will be playing in the big boys’ All-Star Game on Tuesday. “Matt’s done an amazing job,” Wong said Sunday. “He’s an athlete. As of now, I’m just playing Triple-A, doing what I need to do to show the Cardinals I’m ready. That’s all I can do for now. “I can’t tell them I want to be up there now, that they need to make a move. Whenever the Cardinals feel it’s time for me to be up there, then that’s when I’ll be up there. “The Cardinals will never bring you up if you’re not ready,” said Wong, who singled in his first at-bat, stole second and also started two double plays and pivoted one in his first three innings on the field Sunday as his U.S. team beat the World 4-2. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, speaking by telephone from Chicago, said that Wong was ready for the majors now, with the qualifier that a need be required. “If he had to play in the big leagues today, he could play in the big leagues,” said Mozeliak.
Wong waits his turn at Futures Game, too
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Jul 15