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Cardinals take University of Hawaii 2B Kolten Wong in 1st round

If you're tired of seeing the Cardinals recycle outfielders as second basemen, you may be relieved to hear they selected a second baseman in the first round of the 2011 entry draft.

Or maybe not.

University of Hawaii junior second sacker Kolten Wong, who scouts call one of the best pure hitters in the draft, started his college career as a centerfielder but was converted after his freshman year. Well, at least he has been pre-recycled.

Wong hit .378 with a team leading total of seven homers. He collected three triples, 11 doubles and 53 RBIs in 2011 and swiped 23 bases to lead the Western Athletic Conference.

He's 5-foot-9 and weighs a solid 190 pounds and bats lefthanded. He's something as a work in progress defensively.

Wong was selected in the 2009 draft by the Twins but elected not to sign.