No man is an island: Wong part of Hawaii fraternity

Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals
Hilo, Hawaii

The Twins drafted Kolten Wong in the 16th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, but he decided to pass on their offer and stay close to home at the University of Hawaii. It turned out to be the right decision.

Wong's father Kaha played baseball at the University of Southern California, and he began coaching baseball in Hawaii a few years later. Kaha spent much of his free time working with and developing Kolten into the player he is today. Wong's brother Kean is a second baseman in the Rays' Minor League system, and his sister plays softball at Hawaii.

Wong starred in baseball and football at Kamehameha High School in Keaau, Hawaii, and he ultimately joined the Rainbow Warriors on the diamond. He was a freshman All-American in 2009 and a first-team All-American in '11, hitting .378 with a 1.052 OPS. The Cardinals selected Wong in the first round later that year.

Wong is one of nine active Major Leaguers from Hawaii.

Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.