Third Baseman, David Wright

The Mets used a supplemental 1st round pick in the June 2001 free agent draft to select David Wright. Wright is from Chesapeake Virginia which is a stone's throw from Norfolk the location of the Mets' triple A team. Wright is a life-long Mets fan. Going into the draft, Wright was rated as a late 2 nd or early 3 rd round selection because he lacks exceptional athleticism and didn't project (for some scouts) to be a 30 home run hitter.

But, the Mets made an excellent decision to take him as a supplemental 1st round pick. Wright had signed with Georgia Tech.

The coaches and manager of the Appalachian League rated him the 6th best prospect in the league. Considering his late start, he demonstrated good plate discipline and pitch recognition. Wright has tremendous work ethic and is a hard-nosed player.



























* Stats as of 10/31/01

Batting and Power. Wright makes good adjustments, drives the ball to all fields, can hit and run and hit behind runners, and recognizes pitches well. He needs to pull the ball more to be a consistent 25-30 home run hitter.

Base running and speed. While he does not have great speed, Wright runs well, is a good base runner, and solid base stealer.

Defense. Wright has a strong arm, excellent mobility and grit to develop into a fine defensive 3B.

Projection: Starting 3B. Despite his age, it's easy to project Wright as a future quality 3B. He is very advanced in his approach to hitting and fielding. And, he has a work ethic that won't quit.

ETA: N/A. It's too early o project when he might be ready. The real issue is whether the Mets will move aside the plethora of 3B prospects the Mets have to move him to the majors quickly or whether they'll take their time in developing Wright. Wright could prove to be a prospect who could move very quickly through the farm system.

Third Basemen Team
Earl Snyder AAA - Norfolk Tides
Rodney Nye AA - Binghamton Mets
Enrique Cruz A - Capital City Bombers
Edgar Rodriguez A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jay Caligiuiri A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Joseph Jiannetti A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Brett Harper R - Kingsport Mets
Ricky Olivares University de Carabobo


1. Third base has become perhaps the strongest position outside of right handed-starting pitching in the Mets farm system.

2. The Mets are preparing Snyder to be able to play both 3B and 1B. His power projection fits nicely as a third baseman. He also may eventually be a better defensively at 3B.

3. David Wright is likely the Mets 3B of the future but will have solid competition from Jiannetti, Cruz, Rodriguez, and Caligiuri. Enrique Cruz has the athleticism to shift to another infield position. Harper being a left-handed hitter creates a slight advantage for him.

4. Aaron Balderis and Justin Wendt can both play 3B. Balderis is likely to be the better talent.

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