Connor Wong Boston Red Sox Catcher

       
 
Age: 26
Born: May 9, 1996
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 3rd round, 2017 by LAD
How Acquired: Acquired from LAD with Alex Verdugo and Jeter Downs for Mookie Betts, David Price, and cash considerations (Feb. 2020)
College: Houston
High School: Pearland (TX)
   

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 7, 2017 (LAD)
Signing Scout: Clint Bowers
Signing Bonus: $550,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: July 17, 2017 (AZL Dodgers)
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2020
MLB Debut: June 22, 2021 (BOS)
Service Time (1/23): 79 days
Options Remaining: 1 (2021, 2022)
Contract (2023): ~League Minimum
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @connorwong10

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Solid, athletic frame. Moves well. On the smaller side for a catcher. Minimal remaining projection.

Hit: Starts slightly open and utilizes a toe-tap timing device. Used to have a pronounced leg kick, but has toned it down in 2022 and eventually eliminated it. Fringe-average bat speed. Swing is a lot shorter and more direct to ball with his new timing device. Contact rates have improved dramatically in 2022. Strikeout rate has also decreased in 2022, mostly due to improvements in his in-zone swing-and-miss rate. Still prone to expand the zone and chase secondary pitches off the plate. Could stand to improve pitch recognition and swing decisions. Has shown the ability to use all fields and take what pitchers give him. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Likes to lift the ball and has shown all-fields power. How much his power actualizes in-game will depend on his ability to make adjustments and contact against more advanced pitching. Average raw power with fringe-average game power potential.

Run: Average speed. Moves very well for a catcher and could steal a handful of bases.

Field: Moves well behind the plate, and has improved his receiving and framing skills to the point where he is considered solid with both. Has also played second base and third base in pro ball, and even played some outfield in college, but has caught exclusively since trade from the Dodgers. Has been able to develop a good rapport with pitchers and become someone they like throwing to and have confidence in. Potential solid-average defender.

Arm: Average arm strength.
  Career Notes: Played shortstop in college before moving to catcher. Played in the Cape Cod League in 2015 (Yarmouth-Dennis) and 2016 (Bourne). Stepfather, Matt Maysey, had a brief MLB career, pitching for Montreal and Milwaukee. Excelled in 40 games at Double-A in late 2019, boosting his prospect status. Played at the Alternate Training Site in 2020. Participated in the 2020 Fall Instructional League. Opened 2021 at the Alternate Training Site. Missed a month early in the 2021 season with a pulled hamstring suffered running the bases. Was recalled to Boston a number of times in 2021, both formally and as a member of the MLB taxi squad. Between injury and call-ups, did not play more than 11 games for one club, uninterrupted by either, until the final month-and-a-half of the season, during which time he hit .337/.351/.590. Was set to participate in the 2021 Arizona Fall League, but instead was carried on Boston’s taxi squad during the playoffs. Struggled at the start of the 2022 season but hit much better from mid-May onward.

Summation: Potential MLB backup or up-and-down catcher. Ceiling of a platoon catcher who will have a season or two of starter-level production. Has already earned the trust of the organization as the third catcher on the 40-man roster, but has yet to get much run in the majors. Will have to make more contact. Power tool is better than hit right now, and he needs refinement at the plate. Has improved defense to the point that he should be able to handle that side of things in some role.

Links
SoxProspects Podcast on Mookie Betts Trade (2-10-2020)
State of the System 2020: Catchers (4.15.2020)
Video from Pawtucket (9.16.2020)
Scouting Scratch: Breaking Down the Arizona Fall League Contingent (10.27.2021)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2015 Houston NCAA Coll --- 19 62 238 39 59 6 4 6 37 91 24 40 3 2 0.248 0.320 0.382 0.702
  2016 Houston NCAA Coll --- 20 59 230 52 70 13 1 5 30 100 43 44 9 2 0.304 0.415 0.435 0.850
  2017 Houston NCAA Coll --- 21 63 265 61 76 13 3 12 36 131 31 49 26 4 0.287 0.379 0.494 0.873
  2017 AZL Dodgers AZL Rk LAD 21 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
  2017 Great Lakes Loons Midw A LAD 21 27 97 19 27 6 0 5 18 48 7 26 1 1 0.278 0.336 0.495 0.831
  2018 Rancho Cuca. Quakes Cal A+ LAD 22 102 383 64 103 20 2 19 60 184 36 138 6 2 0.269 0.350 0.480 0.830
  2019 Rancho Cuca. Quakes Cal A+ LAD 23 71 274 39 67 15 6 15 51 139 21 93 9 2 0.245 0.306 0.507 0.813
  2019 Tulsa Drillers Tex AA LAD 23 40 149 17 52 9 1 9 31 90 11 50 2 1 0.349 0.393 0.604 0.997
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 24 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Worcester Red Sox TAE AAA Bos 25 50 199 22 51 13 0 8 26 88 9 58 7 1 0.256 0.288 0.442 0.731
  2021 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 25 6 13 3 4 1 1 0 1 7 1 7 0 0 0.308 0.357 0.538 0.896
2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 26 81 323 47 93 20 0 15 44 158 27 80 7 3 0.288 0.350 0.489 0.839
  2022 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 26 27 48 8 9 3 0 1 7 15 5 16 0 0 0.188 0.278 0.313 0.590
  2023 TBD --- --- Bos 27     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2018 California League All-Star
2019 California League All-Star
Texas League Player of the Week (Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, 2019)
International League Player of the Month (August 2022)
  2020 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2021 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (Aug. 22-28, 2022)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (August 2022)
 
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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