Kolten Wong’s 2015 season with the St. Louis Cardinals was a tale of two halves.
The Kamehameha-Hawaii graduate garnered nearly five million votes for the Major League All-Star game by hitting .280 with 9 home runs in the first-half of the season, falling just short of Miami’s Dee Gordon for an All-Star selection.
After the mid-July All-Star break, the Cardinal’s second baseman’s production suffered through injuries and a slump. Kolten hit just .230 in the second-half, seeing his home run total drop to 2, and his OPS fall by .150.
This offseason, Wong focused on keeping himself prepared for a 162-game grind by keeping his body explosive and conditioned to baseball movements.
“I just found a lot of weaknesses in my body that I knew I could work on.” Wong said. “That’s been our main focus, figuring out how I can strengthen up the weaknesses that I have.”
To correct and find deficiencies, the former University of Hawaii All-American spent time at Tatical Strength & Conditioning in Honolulu with other local professional baseball players. There, he worked under Trainers Barry Toyama and Darin Yap using hydraulics and intensive core work to prepare his renowned bat speed for eight months of work.
“What I learned is how long the season is and you got understand that it’s a grind, regardless if you’re playing every day or you’re not. The main focus this year is to be healthy and try to have a season like I’ve been the last two years.”
Wong and the Cardinals will hold their first Spring Training workout Thursday in Palm Beach, Florida.