Final 2002 Scouting Report: 3B, 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 -- a stone's throw from Norfolk where the Mets' AAA team plays. Wright is a life-long Mets fan. Going into the draft, Wright was rated as a late 2nd or early 3rd round selection because he lacks exceptional athleticism and didn't project (for some scouts) to be a 30 home run hitter.

Wright had a fine season at Columbia with an OPS of 768. He had 43 extra-base hits including 30 doubles. The ratios are extraordinary: 1.5 BB per 10 AB, K:BB ratio of 1.50. He successfully stole 21 bases in 26 attempts a 82% success rate. Wright is simply a mature, hard-nosed, hard-working ball player. Wright struggled after Justin Huber was promoted to St. Lucie.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2002

Cap City

.266

496

132

11

93

85

21

76

114

.367

.401

2001

Kingsport

.300

120

36

4

17

27

9

16

30

.391

.458


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Batting and Power. Wright makes good adjustments, drives the ball to all fields, can hit and run, hit behind runners has outstanding plate, recognizes pitches well and works the count in his favor. He projects to have 25-30 HR power. Wright is an exceptionally mature hitter and should be an above average hitter at 3B.

Base running and speed. While he lacks great speed, Wright runs well, is a good base runner, and solid base stealer.

Defense. Wright has a solid arm, excellent mobility and grit to develop into a fine defensive 3B. He's answered the question of whether he'll remain at 3B with his fine defensive play at Columbia.

Projection. Starting, above average player at 3B.

ETA. 2005. Perhaps, sooner.

Third Basemen Team
Ty Wigginton New York Mets
Enrique Cruz A - St. Lucie Mets
David Wright A - Capital City Bombers
Jay Caligiuri A - Capital City Bombers
Blake Whealy A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Aaron Baldiris R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


The Mets have excellent depth at the lower levels at 3B. In Cruz, Wright, and Balderis, the Mets possess 3 prospects who can be above average players. Jay Caligiuri and Shawn Bowman add depth to the position. Jamar Hill, an OF, played 3B at Santa Ana Junior College.

1. David Wright, the Mets' top 3B prospect, is advanced in every phase of the game and his work ethic will guide him through the Mets system. He is a hard-nosed player who will provide leadership on and off the field.

2. Enrique Cruz has yet to demonstrate the above average power that he possesses. Cruz is very athletic with a good arm and should be able to play well defensively at 2B. He also played solid defense at SS when moved there.

3. Aaron Baldiris broke in with a .353 BA for the Universidad de Carabobo, the Mets VSL team. He slumped to .222 with Kingsport in 2000. He was troubled by elbow problems that required surgery. He missed the 2001 season while recovering.

4. Jay Caligiuri is playing 1B, but the Mets indicate that he will eventually be returned to 3B. Caliguiri has struggled this season, in part due to injuries.

5. Shawn Bowman signed to late to play at Kingsport. He played in the World Junior Championship for Canada. He led all tournament players in RBIs. He has power.

6. Ty Wigginton has a good bat, but he has no defensive postion.



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