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Steven Wright

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Steven Wright
Name: Steven Richard Wright
Born: Aug 30, 1984 in Torrance, CA
High School: Valley View HS, Moreno Valley, Calif.
College: Hawaii
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (56th overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 2006 (signed for $630,000)
The ace of Hawaii's best team in years, Wright has a low profile for a player with his track record. He pitched in the Alaska League after his freshman season, then had a banner summer in the Cape Cod League in 2005, tying for the league saves lead while posting a 3-0, 0.63 mark with 41 strikeouts in 29 innings. A reliever for most of his first two seasons, Wright has fronted the Rainbows rotation in 2006 and thrived. His fastball, which reached 95 mph in relief in the past, sits in the 88-90 mph range as a starter, though at times he still dials it up. His fastball lacks life and gets hit when he leaves it up in the zone. It takes a back seat to his slider, which one scout called the best breaking ball in the West this side of Tim Lincecum. It's a low-80s power pitch that gets plenty of swings and misses. His changeup also could be more consistent, and his curveball is a definite fourth pitch. Wright's plus slider and success in the Cape have some scouts predicting he'll move quickly with a return to the bullpen.
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