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On The Pedestal: Kyle Wright
Current ADP: 506
Brief Examination: Kyle Wright was really good in the minors. Between rookie ball and AAA he never had an ERA over 3.70 and a FIP over 3.23. After a short stint in the majors in 2018 he went back to AAA in 2019 where he started 21 games while producing a 4.17 ERA. Since then he has had two stints in the majors in both 2019 and 2020. Combined he has put up a 6.40 ERA and 5.99 FIP.
Wright was never a big strikeout pitcher, he usually has a high ground ball rate and pitches to contact. In 2020 we saw him dramatically drop the four-seam usage and run with a sinker slider combination.
The sinker was a good call because it produced a 53.5 GB% and .161 ISO against. The slider was an issue with a 139 wRC+ against it but oddly enough it was a strong pitch in 2019 (albeit a small sample). I’m not sure why he loves the slider though since it has always lacked movement whereas the sinker, four-seam, and curveball all looked good in that department. Overall he is just one big fat question mark who might make the rotation and needs a lot of work in the command department.
Interesting Stat: What is most interesting when it comes to Kyle Wright is the increase in vertical movement last year. He also faired slightly above average in Ethan Moore’s quality of pitch metric. Maybe he is on to something.
Role: He could get a spot in the rotation but others do threaten that position like Bryse Wilson. Or what if Soroka is ready for the start of the season? Too many question marks to be labeled anything other than a streamer for 2021.