|Player in the Spotlight: David Wright|
Written by Daniel Paulling (Contact & Archive) on July 27, 2004
Height 6-2; Weight 200 lbs; Bats R; Throws R; Position 3B; DOB 12/20/82; Team New York Mets
â€śWith the 38th pick of the first round, the New York Mets select third baseman David Wright.â€ť When the New York Metropolitansâ€™ brass uttered these words, little did they know they were getting a future superstar.
The twenty-one-year-old made his Double A Binghamton debut this season and was called up to Triple A Norfolk on June 13. When he left the rank of AA, he was at the top of nearly all of the Eastern Leagueâ€™s offensive categories, leading the league in OBP with .467 and SLG with .619.
â€śHe has all the ability in the world. He hits for average and he hits for power,â€ť says Binghamton General Manager Bill Terlecky.
But the praise does not stop there.
John Sickels, of ESPN and â€śThe Baseball Prospect Book 2004â€ť (you can order one of the remaining few here: http://www.johnsickles.com) fame, ranks Wright as the number 9 hitting prospect in the Major Leagues. "I love this guy. David Wright is a Seven Skill third baseman,â€ť Sickels writes in his book. I agree with Sickels and think that Wright can put up many .280/25/100 seasons with maybe 10 stolen bases with a .390 OBP. Thatâ€™s quite a compliment right there.
This kid also has good plate discipline, knowing when to take a walk and when to swing at his pitch. And if he doesnâ€™t get his pitch to hit? Well, letâ€™s just say he hasnâ€™t posted up insane OBP numbers for nothing. Once getting on the basepaths, Wright can steal a few bases, as he has gotten over 50 in his minor league career.
In the field at the Hot Corner, Wright has shown that he can hold his own. Scouts and analysts say that Wright has Major League ready range prowess. Plus he work ethic is impeccable.
The Mets have now called up their promising, budding superstar into action after C/1B Mike Piazza strained his left wrist. The Mets had to option RP Dan Wheeler to AAA to make room on the 25-man roster.
â€śI didn't get much sleep,â€ť said the third baseman for the Mets game on the 21st of July vs. the Expos -- the 129th in the teamâ€™s career. â€śIt's an incredible feeling. This has been my dream. I'm a little antsy right now, a little jittery. After batting practice, I'll be OK. The emotions started running wild early. It's a great situation to be in.â€ť
The Mets, as well as many, many people, have known that Wright has the (w)right stuff to perform in the Major Leagues. And now heâ€™s being given the chance to and it is needed of him to bring the Mets over .500 and maybe into the postseason. So, if you get a chance, go out and see the marvel that is David Wright.