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Wong was a 16th-round pick of Minnesota in 2008 and batted .378 last season with seven home runs and 53 RBIs in 57 games, plus was MVP of the Cape Cod League last summer and played on the U.S. National team in 2008.

Wong’s father, Kaha Wong, was a utilityman who played in the minors in 1989 and 1990. A batting cage in the backyard helped Wong hone his skills.


SHORT HOPS: A total of 18 college players were taken in the first round, and the state of California _ led by No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole of UCLA _ led the way with six players selected. … Tampa Bay had 10 of the first 60 picks on the draft’s first day, mostly because the Rays lost several free agents last offseason, such as Carl Crawford and Rafael Soriano. With the first of the bunch, they took South Carolina high school righty Taylor Guerrieri at No. 24 and wrapped up the compensation round with California high school outfielder James Harris at No. 60.


AP Sports Writers Dennis Waszak Jr. in Secaucus, N.J., Steven Wine in Miami and R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis contributed to this report.