He's Got The Wright Stuff

The Mets have been touting David Wright as their next 'can't miss' prospect, a label that carries with it as many caveats as it does potential rewards. The team's track record is not strong in recent history, with sidelined infielder Jose Reyes proving to be the latest example day after day. <P> But the Mets truly believe that Wright, the 21-year-old third baseman, is the real deal, as they've declined to so much as discuss his name in trade talks as Wright moves up the organizational ladder.

But the Mets truly believe that Wright, the 21-year-old third baseman, is the real deal, as they've declined to so much as discuss his name in trade talks as Wright moves up the organizational ladder.

He did so on Sunday, trading in a Binghamton Mets jersey for a Norfolk Tides outfit as Wright moved just one step away from a major league promotion.

The Mets reportedly squashed a proposal from the Kansas City Royals this week that included Carlos Beltran because it named Wright as Kansas City's primary target (New York's Jason Phillips was also named as a component).

While Beltran most likely will wind up elsewhere by the July 31 trading deadline – even possibly across town with the Yankees – the Mets are betting that their own shining star, Wright, will arrive at Shea Stadium by the end of the season.

Wright was sensational at Double-A Binghamton, fulfilling all of the high hopes the club had for him after a strong year at Class-A St. Lucie that saw him named the organization's Sterling Award winner. In 60 games for the B-Mets, Wright batted an obscene .363 with ten home runs, 40 RBI and 20 stolen bases.

The next stop is Norfolk, Va., which is Wright's hometown. The Mets had internally discussed the possibility of promoting Wright directly to the major leagues this season to avoid any extra pressures of playing in Virginia in front of family and friends.

However, with Todd Zeile accumulating the majority of the playing time at third base on the major league level – thus necessitating Ty Wigginton's shift to second base and Danny Garcia's demotion to Triple-A – the Mets felt that Wright would be best served to make the smaller leap to Triple-A in a tune-up for his upcoming promotion to The Show.

Assuming that Wright reasonably continues to exhibit the sweet stroke and solid play that he showed at Binghamton, Wright is on track for a September callup to the Mets, although he could join the club sooner.

Zeile, who was projected to be a reserve player filling out his final major league season before his hot bat warranted everyday duty, was just 4-for-22 on New York's 1-5 Interleague road trip to Minnesota and Kansas City.


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