Wesley Wright- Little Man, Big Results

He may look like he could play one of Chris Rock's junior high buddies on the sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris" but if you perceive Wesley Wright as a kid, he figures that's your problem. "It's the results when I take the mound that count" is the way he feels.

And those results have been excellent. For most of the year, Wesley has had the rather thankless job of coming in and holding back the barrage for a Vero Beach team that has been in the habit of finding ways to lose. So, when he arrived on the scene, Vero was often behind so Wesley's fashionable work was often too late.

Nonetheless, he did it professionally as a 1.09 ERA would indicate. He's a thorough workman who knows his craft. "I do it with my fast ball," he declares. "I try to set that up but that's my main pitch."

No junior high fooling around for this kid on the mound. He goes right after hitters with a four-seamer that sinks well and produces ground balls. He can crank it up into the low 90's but he doesn't blow too many people away. Rather , he gets them to hit his pitch -- and gets satisfactory results.

Wesley is listed generously at 5-11, 160 so he's well used to fighting the perception that little guys really shouldn't take up pitching seriously. "I know there's prejudice against smaller pitchers," he admits. "When they see what I can do, I hope they change their minds."

Changing minds is something Wesley's been in the habit of doing ever since he entered pro ball as a seventh round draft choice out of high school in Alabama in 2003. Since that time, he's become more of a drop-and-drive performer whose pitches belie his size. He also throws a good curve and "I'm working on a change which I plan to use more and more in games."

And he's used to non-support. Consider the fact that last year at Columbus, he held hitters to a ,178 average and posted a 1.93 ERA. The won-lost record ? 1-5. Talk about heartache.

However, the coaches and the staff have always appreciated the quality of his pitches and they've proved that once again for he was promoted to Jacksonville a couple of days ago. Chances are they'll learn to love him there, too. Certainly got results in his first effort, notching five K's in two innings.

So, look past that baby face and the body by Smurf. Out on the mound where it counts, he's Gulliver among the Lilliputians.

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