Wright Pleased With His Progress

Prepared to enter his seventh season in the Yankees' organization, left-handed pitcher Chase Wright is coming off of a career year that saw him win Florida State League Pitcher of the Year honors before more than holding his own in big league camp this spring. Seemingly on his way out of A-ball for the first time in his career, he says he is pleased with his progress.

"I was pretty pleased with it," Chase Wright said of his performance in big league camp. "I kind of struggled with command of the fastball but it's a good thing I throw the changeup because it helped me a lot over there. I was pretty pleased with it but I would have liked to have commanded the fastball more, but overall I think I did pretty well."

"It was amazing just getting over there [big league camp] in the meetings every morning and listening to Joe Torre. It was just amazing. It's kind of hard to explain."

Coming of a 2006 campaign that saw him go 12-3 with a 1.88 ERA for the Tampa Yankees, Wright posted a 1.35 ERA, allowed just two hits and struck out seven batters in his three appearances in big league camp.

"You know I really didn't know what to expect," he said if he was anticipating that kind of success in big league camp. "I just went out there and trusted my stuff and didn't know what to expect."

Always possessing a great changeup, it was the changing of his arm slot in 2006 that allowed better command of his fastball, which led to the best control ratios of his career.

Finally getting his control down last year, the Yankees went immediately to work on his curveball during Instructs and it remained a priority in his development this spring.

"I think it's pretty good," he said of the development of his curveball. "My arm slot is in the same spot. I still have a little work to do on it. It was alright [in big league camp]. I didn't throw it much. I used it some but overall it was just average, but it's getting better [now] though."

Experiencing success over the last two seasons and putting his stuff to the test against big league batters in Spring Training this year, and passing, he has developed a confident aura about him and states his goals in simplistic fashion for 2007.

"My main thing is I want to take everything day by day, stay healthy, and everything else will take care of itself," a confident Wright told us. "That's the way I look at it."

"The curveball though, that's my main thing coming in this season. Obviously just continuing to work on that and get it better, command of my fastball, those are two big things."

While his 2007 destination had not yet been determined, Wright was not only planning on heading up to Trenton to start the year, but he sounded quite confident his days of pitching in A-ball were over.

"Oh yeah, I'm excited," he said of moving up to Trenton, "I'm finally out of A-ball. It took long enough. Hopefully I continue to work hard, stay there, and not get sent down to A-ball."

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\r\n \r\n \r\n\"I was pretty pleased with it,\" Chase Wright said of his performance in big league camp. \"I kind of struggled with command of the fastball but it's a good thing I throw the changeup because it helped me a lot over there. I was pretty pleased with it but I would have liked to have commanded the fastball more, but overall I think I did pretty well.\"
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\r\n\"It was amazing just getting over there [big league camp] in the meetings every morning and listening to Joe Torre. It was just amazing. It's kind of hard to explain.\"
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\r\nComing of a 2006 campaign that saw him go 12-3 with a 1.88 ERA for the Tampa Yankees, Wright posted a 1.35 ERA, allowed just two hits and struck out seven batters in his three appearances in big league camp.
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\r\n\"You know I really didn't know what to expect,\" he said if he was anticipating that kind of success in big league camp. \"I just went out there and trusted my stuff and didn't know what to expect.\"
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\r\nAlways possessing a great changeup, it was the changing of his arm slot in 2006 that allowed better command of his fastball, which led to the best control ratios of his career.
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\r\nFinally getting his control down last year, the Yankees went immediately to work on his curveball during Instructs and it remained a priority in his development this spring.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think it's pretty good,\" he said of the development of his curveball. \"My arm slot is in the same spot. I still have a little work to do on it. It was alright [in big league camp]. I didn't throw it much. I used it some but overall it was just average, but it's getting better [now] though.\"
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\r\nExperiencing success over the last two seasons and putting his stuff to the test against big league batters in Spring Training this year, and passing, he has developed a confident aura about him and states his goals in simplistic fashion for 2007.
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\r\n\"My main thing is I want to take everything day by day, stay healthy, and everything else will take care of itself,\" a confident Wright told us. \"That's the way I look at it.\"
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\r\n\"The curveball though, that's my main thing coming in this season. Obviously just continuing to work on that and get it better, command of my fastball, those are two big things.\"
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\r\nWhile his 2007 destination had not yet been determined, Wright was not only planning on heading up to Trenton to start the year, but he sounded quite confident his days of pitching in A-ball were over.
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\r\n\"Oh yeah, I'm excited,\" he said of moving up to Trenton, \"I'm finally out of A-ball. It took long enough. Hopefully I continue to work hard, stay there, and not get sent down to A-ball.\"
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