Kean Keanu Wong (KEE-in)....On Twitter: @Keanwong4...Older brother, Kolten, currently plays for Milwaukee Brewers and played for St. Louis Cardinals from 2013-20...Was not selected to San Francisco’s Player Pool for 2020 season...Attended Waiakea HS (Waiakea, HI)...Named Hawaii’s Player of the Year as a junior and led Waiakea to state title...Committed to play collegiately at University of Hawaii before signing with Tampa Bay...Born in Hilo, which is largest island in Hawaiian archipelago and is known for Wailuku River State Park, which features Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls), that produce colorful mist effects...Is one of seven Hawaiians to play for Angels, along with Fred Kuhaulua (1977), Keith Luuloa (2000), Jerome Williams (2011-13), Shane Victorino (2015), Kirby Yates (2017) and Kurt Suzuki (2021-present).
Began season with Triple-A Salt Lake and hit .350 (28/85) with five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in 19 games for Bees before having contract selected by Angels on May 29...Ultimately totaled 32 games for Angels across four stints in Majors and appeared defensively at second base (10 games), third base (six games), left field (four games) and right field (four games)...Hit .339 (64/189) with 31 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 22 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 46 total Triple-A games.
Attended Spring Training as member of Giants 40-man roster...Was not selected to San Francisco’s Player Pool...Designated for assignment on Opening Day (July 23) and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento, July 30...Elected free agency, Nov. 2.
Made his Major League debut with Tampa Bay on September 5 vs. Toronto, starting at second base... Appeared in six games for Tampa Bay before being claimed off waivers by Los Angeles-AL on September 24...played in one game for the Angels... Named an International League Mid and Post-Season All-Star with Triple-A Durham, where he played in 113 games...Ranked among International League leaders in hits
(139, 4th), triples (6, T-4th), average (.307, 8th) and OBP (.375, 9th)...Claimed off waivers by the Giants on November 5.
Spent the entire season with Triple-A Durham aside from a two-week stay with Double-A Montgomery in May…combined to hit .261/.322/.348 (110-for-422) with 22 2B, 5 HR and 48 RBI…made a pitching app with Durham in a 13-9, 11-inning loss on May 10 vs. Columbus (Indians)…helped the Bulls win the Governors' Cup and was named Most Valuable Player of the Triple-A National Championship Game win over Memphis (Cardinals), hitting a go-ahead grand slam in the 4th inning.
Spent the entire season with Montgomery and was named to the Southern League midseason All-Star Team…finished 10th in the league with a .276 avg. …hit .313 (25-for-80) in 22 games for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.
With Class-A Charlotte, hit .305/.341/.367 (78-for-256) in his final 67 games, compared to .217/.280/.268 (30-for-138) before that…hit .349 (37-for-106) vs. LHP.
Named Most Valuable Player for Class-A Bowling Green by the Rays Baseball Operations department…named to the Midwest League midseason and postseason All-Star teams…led the Hot Rods with 129 hits and a .306 avg., which ranked 2nd in the MWL and 3rd among Rays minor leaguers…ranked by Baseball America as the Best Batting Prospect and Best Defensive Second Baseman in the MWL in its Best Tools survey.
Named Most Valuable Player for the GCL Rays by the Rays Baseball Operations department…his .328 avg. ranked 4th in the Gulf Coast League and 1st among Rays minor leaguers.