Sunday, January 27, 2013

Highlighting top Reds prospects in 2013: Ryan Wright

By: Jon Davis
Staff Writer

#21  Ryan Wright  2B
@RyanWright6 on Twitter

We conclude the countdown with Ryan Wright a 6-foot-1, 195-pound second baseman, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.  He attended the University of Louisville, just like our very own Jimmi Adair and Jesse Welte.  In his three years at Louisville, Wright had a .349 average, a .408 on base and a .568 slugging, to go along with 33 homers & 38 steals.  After being drafted he jumped right in, playing 45 games mostly for the Billings Mustangs.  During that time, in his 206 plate appearances, he had a stash line of .301/.351/.536, to go along with eight homers, seven steals, 32 runs scored and 37 RBI's.  In 2012, he spent most of the year with the Dayton Dragons. In his 531 plate appearances he had a .282 average, a .331 on base, a .443 slugging, 10 homers and stole 17 bases in 19 attempts.

Ryan Wright is a prospect who has a well rounded game with solid hitting ability, running and defense.  While he does not have any elite tools, he is above average at minimum across the board.  The other thing to really like is that he consistently performs above his tools, making it very easy to project him as a future regular in a major league lineup.  The only concern, to date, is that his plate discipline did fall off in his short stint with Bakersfield.  As long as he doesn't let the strike zone get away from him, he should continue to outperform expectations and develop into a very good ballplayer.

Wright will most likely open this season with the Bakersfield Blaze. He could reach majors by end of 2014, at the earliest.  He has shown a lot of promise so far, making him a very interesting and exciting player to watch going forward.

A look back on the previous prospect posts...
No. 1 - Billy Hamilton
No. 2 - Robert Stephenson
No. 3 - Tony Cingrani
No. 4 - Daniel Corcino
No. 5 - Nick Travieso
No. 6 - Jesse Winker
No. 7 - Tanner Rahier
No. 8 - Kyle Lotzkar
No. 9 - Yorman Rodriguez
No. 10 - Ismael Guillon
No. 11 - Ryan LaMarre
No. 12 - Amir Garrett
No. 13 - Dan Langfield
No. 14 - David Vidal
No. 15 - Neftali Soto
No. 16 - Donald Lutz
No. 17 - Jeff Gelalich
No. 18 - Tucker Barnhart
No. 19 - Henry Rodriguez
No. 20 - Seth Mejias-Brean

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