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By Josh Boyd
Mets Class A third baseman David Wright led St. Lucie to the Florida State League championship by hitting .391 with one home run in 23 at-bats and a postseason-best nine hits, five doubles and three steals. His performance capped his third pro season, as he continues to establish himself as one of the game's brightest young hitting prospects.
Wright, 20, hit .270-15-75 with a career-high 39 doubles. His season is even more impressive when taking his .200 clip in 180 at-bats between May and June into consideration. While the Mets attributed his midsummer slump to overpreparing for games, Wright showed the ability to adjust and hit over .300 with eight bombs in the final two months.
"He's going to be a good, good player for a long time," Brevard County manager Doug Sisson said. "He has power and he controls the zone pretty well for a young guy. The ball jumps off his bat and he plays a good third base. He can go to his left and his right; he can make the play on the bunt and throws to first on the slow roller real well."
Wright drew 72 walks en route to posting a .369 on-base percentage, up from last season's .367 OBP in low Class A Capital City. He batted .266-11-93 in 2002, and suffered through the same peaks and valleys he did this season.
"He hit the hardest .260 I've ever seen," Capital City manager Tony Tijerina said. "He can handle failure for a 19-20-year-old better than any I've seen."
• Yankees Double-A catcher Dioner Navarro ended his breakthrough 2003 season on the disabled list with a hand injury. It was originally diagnosed as a broken left thumb, after a collision at home plate during one of Trenton's final games. Instead, he is rehabbing the sprain at the Yankees complex in Tampa.
• Yesterday's featured matchup recap: Lake County's Fausto Carmona failed in his attempt to win his 19th game of the season as Rome's Matt Wright continued to steamroll in the South Atlantic League. Rome sends righthander Kyle Davies to the mound with a chance to wrap up the best-of-seven set against Lake County lefthander Keith Ramsey tonight.
• Tonight's featured matchup: New Haven righthander David Bush vs. Akron righty Kyle Evans. Bush went 14-6, 2.79 with 148 strikeouts in 158 innings between Class A Dunedin and Double-A. He moved into the rotation this spring after spending his college career as a closer at Wake Forest. Evans went 9-5, 3.59 with 37 walks and 69 strikeouts in 133 innings for Akron.