Wong Makes it Official

Honolulu, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kolten Wong is Hawaii's newest million dollar man. The Hilo native officially put pen to paper to sign his first professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday.

Wong's agent David Matranga said the deal includes a $1.3 million signing bonus and other incentives, including an estimated $75 thousand to pay for his final two years of college if he decides to continue his education.

Wong will begin his professional career with the low class-A Quad Cities on Monday.

"There's nobody that's a serious prospect in their organization from what we've been told, that's really a road block for Kolten," said Matranga.

"It's a great deal for him and we're happy to get it done in a timely manner because now this gives him an opportunity to get him a lot of at bats this summer, rather than sit out the entire summer and going in next year as his first taste of professional life.

Wong was a 3-time All-American during his three seasons at the University of Hawaii. He batted. 378 with seven home runs, 53 RBI and 23 stolen bases.

The Cardinals selected Wong with their first round pick (22 overall) in the MLB first year player draft on June 6th.

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