Age: 25 yr
Weight: 178 lbs
Acquired: 2017 Draft – Round 3, LAD
At 6’1″ and a little under 180 pounds, he’s small for a catcher. His body is skinny and athletic, but there isn’t much projection left in it. He also plays second and third base. Because the frame is smaller, it allows for more fluid movement.
At the plate, he has a moderately wide stance, and his trigger is a leg kick. Hands started higher after being traded from the Dodgers, where they had started low under his load.
The hit tool is hampered by his long swing and aggressive approach. He will need to fine-tune his approach if he is truly concerned about swings and misses. 40 points
Wong and the Dodgers worked together to increase the loft of his swing and lift the ball higher in the air. It’s a sloppy swing. He has shown strong raw power to all fields, but owing to contact problems, his in-game power will most likely be mediocre.
If he wants to tap into more of his power, he’ll need to make some more adjustments. 50 points
Wong values adaptability. He’s primarily a catcher, although he’s also seen action at second and third base. Behind the plate, moves well for a catcher.
Receiving and framing abilities are on the low end of the scale, but they are improving and may soon reach average. Smooth hands are also expected on the field, although they’ll most likely be behind the plate. 50 points
Behind the plate, average arm strength can also be used as a second base. As he’s progressed, he’s worked on his throwing, but it’s unlikely he’ll improve beyond this level. 50 points
Has demonstrated speed in the past, most notably in college at Houston, where he stole 26 bases in his senior year.
He moves well, but as he gets older, he will become a mediocre asset. On the basepaths, he’s unlikely to be a threat. 50 points
Wong’s versatility will help the Red Sox in the future as a utility player. As he progresses, Hit Tool will be the one with the most questions.
It’ll be fascinating to see how far receiving, framing, and throwing have improved behind the plate.