Wesley Wright

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Wesley Wright
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Wright with the Houston Astros in 2009
Relief pitcher
Born: (1985-01-28) January 28, 1985 (age 34)
Montgomery, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
March 31, 2008, for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 2015, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
Win–loss record10–18
Earned run average4.16
Strikeouts295
Teams

Dequam LaWesley Wright (born January 28, 1985) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Early life[edit]

Wright was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and he grew up in a Montgomery County community known as Grady. He attended Goshen High School.[1] He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 7th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. He had a scholarship offer from the University of South Alabama, but he signed with the Dodgers organization in June 2003.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

He made his professional debut with the Ogden Raptors in the Pioneer League in 2004 and played for the Columbus Catfish and Vero Beach Dodgers in 2005. With Columbus, he pitched in 30 games and accumulated a 1.93 era as a relief pitcher.

In 2006, he pitched in 25 games with Vero Beach, acquiring a 1.48 era and was promoted to the Jacksonville Suns, where he began 2007 before a mid-season promotion to the Las Vegas 51s.

Houston Astros[edit]

In December 2007, he was selected by the Houston Astros in the major league portion of rule 5 draft from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wright made the Astros 2008 opening day roster as the only left-handed pitcher in the bullpen. On March 31, 2008, Wright made his major league debut against the San Diego Padres and pitched 1/3 of a scoreless inning. Wright collected his first major league win on April 4, 2008, against the Chicago Cubs after pitching 1/3 of a scoreless inning again. He collected his first major league save on July 29, 2008, against the Cincinnati Reds coming in during 9th inning with two outs, and recorded the final out of the game for the save.

On July 16, 2009, Wright was called in to pitch in a game against the Cubs in the second inning after starter Roy Oswalt was forced from the game by a strained back. Wright batted in the top of the third inning and singled to left field for his first Major League hit. Later that night, it was reported that he was rushed to the hospital after showing signs of appendicitis. He was diagnosed with dehydration.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

Wright with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013

On August 12, 2013 he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations.[3] With Tampa Bay, Wright made his playoff debut in 2013, appearing in two games of the Rays' ALDS matchup with the Boston Red Sox. After the season, Wright was non-tendered by Tampa Bay, making him a free agent.[4]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On December 4, 2013 he agreed to a one-year, $1.425 million deal to pitch for the Chicago Cubs. The contract became official on December 16, 2013.[5] He was non-tendered by the Cubs on December 2, 2014.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On December 16, 2014 he agreed to a one-year deal to pitch for the Baltimore Orioles. Wright was designated for assignment on July 15, 2015.[6]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

On July 29, 2015, Wright signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Wright joined the Arizona Diamondbacks for 2016 spring training, and was released on March 28, 2016.[7] On April 12 he signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox[8] and was assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, where he appeared in 19 games and was released on July 11.[9]

Texas Rangers[edit]

On January 27, 2017, Wright signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.[10] He was released on July 23, 2017.

Retirement[edit]

On November 11th, 2017, it was announced Wright had decided to retire and take a job as a pro scout with the Minnesota Twins.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Long, A. Stacy. "Wesley Wright flying with Orioles". The Montgomery Advertiser.
  2. ^ Callis, Jim; Lingo, Will; Manuel, John (2007). Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2007. Simon and Schuster. p. 253. ISBN 9781932391145.
  3. ^ Rays Acquire Wesley Wright
  4. ^ Twitter / RaysBaseball: #Rays have two non-tenders before tonight's deadline: OF Sam Fuld and LHP Wesley Wright. Both players are now free agents.
  5. ^ Cubs, left-handed pitcher Wesley Wright agree to terms on 2014 contract. MLB.com. Retrieved on December 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "Orioles LHP Wesley Wright designated for assignment". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  7. ^ Todd, Jeff (March 28, 2016). "Diamondbacks Release Sam LeCure, Wesley Wright". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Wesley Wright signs minor league deal with Red Sox
  9. ^ 2016 Boston Red Sox Transactions. SoxProspects.com. Retrieved on July 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Adams, Steve (January 27, 2017). "Rangers Sign Wesley Wright To Minors Deal, Outright Brady Dragmire". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved January 27, 2017.

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