The Cardinals agreed to terms with Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong on Saturday for $1.3 million. Wong becomes the sixth of 33 first-rounders to sign, and the second to get a deal slightly above the commissioner's office recommendation for his draft slot.
MLB's guideline for Wong's slot at No. 22 is $1.287 million. The only other above-slot deal in the first round so far went to Rays shortstop Jake Hager, whose $963,000 was $9,000 more than the recommendation for his No. 32 slot.
Wong was one of the best pure hitters available in the draft, batting .341 to win Cape Cod League MVP honors last summer and following up by hitting .378 this spring. He has surprising pop for a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, along with average speed and solid defensive skills.
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