The Cincinnati Reds continue their campaign to promote everyone in their farm system to the majors this year, calling up right=hander Daniel Wright and giving him the start yesterday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 5.1 innings, giving up seven hits and four runs, walking one and fanning four. Wright is another Reds rookie who received little attention pre-season, so let's take a look.
Wright pitched college ball for four seasons at Arkansas State University. He was quite solid as a senior in 2013, posting a 3.18 ERA in 110 innings with a 96/26 K/BB, but as a right-hander who didn't throw particularly hard his stock wasn't overly high on draft day. He was picked in the 10th round but moved through the system quickly, reaching Double-A in 2015 with a 4.54 ERA in 27 starts for Pensacola, with a 130/47 K/BB in 155 innings.
This year he four starts and six relief appearances for Triple-A Louisville, with an excellent 0.79 ERA and a scalpel 32/5 K/BB in 34 innings, allowing only 17 hits.
Listed at 6-2, 205, Wright uses a four-seam fastball generally at 88-89 MPH with peaks at 91. He will mix in a change-up in the upper-70s/low-80s and a curveball in the 70s; there's a low-80s version of the breaking ball as well but he doesn't use it as much as the softer stuff. His lack of hot fastball velocity gives him a small margin for error but this wasn't a big problem against minor league hitters due to his sharp control.
We'll have to see if his commands holds in the Show. If it does, he can be a competent strike-throwing number four or starter or a nice command-oriented bullpen option who can be stretched out a bit.
Good look at his secondary pitches in this clip from earlier this month.