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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
21 719 2036.7 97 130 2 4.81 -7.2
Birth Date12-24-1974
Height6' 6"
Weight225 lbs
Age43 years, 11 months, 16 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1996 COL MLB 16 15 91.3 4 4 0 105 41 45 8 .250 121 10.3 4.0 0.8 4.4 58% .318 .260 1.60 4.81 4.93 111 6.02 118.8 0.1
1997 COL MLB 26 26 149.7 8 12 0 198 71 59 19 .258 125 11.9 4.3 1.1 3.5 56% .333 .281 1.80 5.58 6.25 117 7.18 149.5 -2.2
1998 COL MLB 34 34 206.3 9 14 0 235 95 86 24 .257 113 10.3 4.1 1.0 3.8 53% .300 .263 1.60 5.28 5.67 131 6.87 142.4 -2.2
1999 COL MLB 16 16 94.3 4 3 0 110 54 49 10 .257 119 10.5 5.2 1.0 4.7 49% .328 .260 1.74 5.25 4.87 119 8.46 164.5 -2.1
2000 MIL MLB 26 25 164.7 7 9 0 157 88 96 12 .258 96 8.6 4.8 0.7 5.2 63% .288 .249 1.49 4.76 4.10 105 5.69 109.4 1.1
2001 MIL MLB 33 33 194.7 11 12 0 201 98 129 26 .256 101 9.3 4.5 1.2 6.0 65% .294 .276 1.54 5.23 4.90 112 6.40 132.7 -1.2
2002 MIL 0 19 19 114.3 5 13 0 115 63 69 15 .255 98 9.1 5.0 1.2 5.4 61% .280 .282 1.56 5.31 5.35 119 6.24 133.9 -0.8
2002 SLN 0 4 3 15.0 2 0 0 15 12 8 2 .253 98 9.0 7.2 1.2 4.8 60% .271 .279 1.80 5.94 4.80 117 4.95 106.2 0.1
2003 KCA MLB 4 4 25.3 1 2 0 23 11 19 1 .256 98 8.2 3.9 0.4 6.8 51% .297 .234 1.34 3.52 4.26 103 4.33 90.8 0.4
2004 COL MLB 14 14 78.7 2 3 0 82 45 41 8 .266 116 9.4 5.1 0.9 4.7 52% .284 .260 1.61 5.17 4.12 119 7.56 156.0 -1.5
2005 COL MLB 34 27 171.3 8 16 0 201 81 101 22 .253 113 10.6 4.3 1.2 5.3 54% .318 .279 1.65 5.15 5.46 109 6.54 140.6 -2.0
2006 SFN MLB 34 21 156.0 6 10 0 167 64 79 16 .260 92 9.6 3.7 0.9 4.6 59% .298 .268 1.48 4.85 5.19 101 4.84 98.5 1.6
2007 TEX MLB 20 9 77.0 4 5 0 72 41 39 6 .265 101 8.4 4.8 0.7 4.6 55% .277 .255 1.47 5.09 3.62 116 7.09 146.7 -1.2
2008 TEX MLB 75 0 84.3 8 7 0 93 35 60 5 .257 112 9.9 3.7 0.5 6.4 63% .325 .256 1.52 4.03 5.12 97 5.30 113.1 0.1
2009 KCA MLB 65 0 79.0 3 5 0 73 44 60 8 .263 105 8.3 5.0 0.9 6.8 60% .281 .261 1.48 4.87 4.33 107 5.59 120.0 -0.3
2010 CLE 0 18 0 21.3 1 2 0 25 9 9 1 .260 108 10.5 3.8 0.4 3.8 62% .312 .279 1.59 4.36 5.48 108 5.40 122.0 -0.1
2010 SEA 0 28 0 37.0 0 1 0 30 16 19 2 .254 100 7.3 3.9 0.5 4.6 65% .248 .242 1.24 4.10 3.41 103 4.53 102.3 0.2
2011 SEA MLB 60 0 68.3 2 3 1 61 30 48 6 .264 95 8.0 4.0 0.8 6.3 58% .279 .260 1.33 4.33 3.16 104 4.91 114.1 -0.1
2012 LAN MLB 66 0 67.7 5 3 0 72 30 54 2 .259 96 9.6 4.0 0.3 7.2 69% .324 .256 1.51 3.42 3.72 89 3.83 87.9 0.8
2013 TBA MLB 66 1 70.0 2 2 0 61 23 65 4 .266 95 7.8 3.0 0.5 8.4 52% .298 .245 1.20 3.16 3.09 78 2.51 60.0 1.8
2014 LAN MLB 61 1 70.3 5 4 1 72 27 54 3 .254 97 9.2 3.5 0.4 6.9 60% .314 .263 1.41 3.44 4.35 95 3.85 94.4 0.6
2002 TOT MLB 23 22 129.3 7 13 0 130 75 77 17 .255 98 9.0 5.2 1.2 5.4 61% .279 .282 1.59 5.38 5.29 119 6.09 130.7 -0.7
2010 TOT MLB 46 0 58.3 1 3 0 55 25 28 3 .256 103 8.5 3.9 0.5 4.3 64% .274 .257 1.37 4.19 4.17 105 4.85 109.5 0.0
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Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1994 ASH A 28 27 143.3 7 14 0 188 59 103 6 .000 11.8 3.7 0.4 6.5 0% .000 .000 1.72 3.74 5.97 0 0.00 0.0
1995 SLM A+ 26 26 171.0 10 8 0 160 72 95 7 .000 8.4 3.8 0.4 5.0 0% .000 .000 1.36 3.62 2.47 0 0.00 0.0
1995 NHV AA 1 1 3.0 0 1 0 6 3 0 0 .000 18.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0% .000 .000 3.00 6.23 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
1996 COL MLB 16 15 91.3 4 4 0 105 41 45 8 .250 121 10.3 4.0 0.8 4.4 58% .318 .260 1.60 4.81 4.93 111 6.02 118.8
1996 NHV AA 7 7 44.7 5 1 0 27 12 54 0 .000 5.4 2.4 0.0 10.9 0% .000 .000 0.87 1.55 0.81 0 0.00 0.0
1996 CSP AAA 9 9 59.7 4 2 0 53 22 40 3 .000 8.0 3.3 0.5 6.0 0% .000 .000 1.26 4.08 2.71 0 0.00 0.0
1997 COL MLB 26 26 149.7 8 12 0 198 71 59 19 .258 125 11.9 4.3 1.1 3.5 56% .333 .281 1.80 5.58 6.25 117 7.18 149.5
1997 SLM A+ 1 1 1.0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 .000 9.0 9.0 0.0 9.0 0% .333 .000 2.00 4.26 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
1997 CSP AAA 2 2 11.0 1 0 0 9 5 11 1 .000 7.4 4.1 0.8 9.0 0% .296 .000 1.27 4.41 1.64 0 0.00 0.0
1998 COL MLB 34 34 206.3 9 14 0 235 95 86 24 .257 113 10.3 4.1 1.0 3.8 53% .300 .263 1.60 5.28 5.67 131 6.87 142.4
1999 COL MLB 16 16 94.3 4 3 0 110 54 49 10 .257 119 10.5 5.2 1.0 4.7 49% .328 .260 1.74 5.25 4.87 119 8.46 164.5
1999 CSP AAA 17 16 100.3 5 7 0 133 38 75 13 .000 11.9 3.4 1.2 6.7 0% -.938 .000 1.70 5.01 6.46 0 0.00 0.0
2000 MIL MLB 26 25 164.7 7 9 0 157 88 96 12 .258 96 8.6 4.8 0.7 5.2 63% .288 .249 1.49 4.76 4.10 105 5.69 109.4
2000 HUN AA 2 2 12.3 2 0 0 7 5 10 0 .000 5.1 3.7 0.0 7.3 0% -.467 .000 0.98 2.57 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2000 IND AAA 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 8 3 7 0 .000 14.4 5.4 0.0 12.6 0% -.800 .000 2.20 2.13 1.80 0 0.00 0.0
2001 MIL MLB 33 33 194.7 11 12 0 201 98 129 26 .256 101 9.3 4.5 1.2 6.0 65% .294 .276 1.54 5.23 4.90 112 6.40 132.7
2002 MIL MLB 19 19 114.3 5 13 0 115 63 69 15 .255 98 9.1 5.0 1.2 5.4 61% .280 .282 1.56 5.31 5.35 119 6.24 133.9
2002 SLN MLB 4 3 15.0 2 0 0 15 12 8 2 .253 98 9.0 7.2 1.2 4.8 60% .271 .279 1.80 5.94 4.80 117 4.95 106.2
2002 IND AAA 3 3 15.3 1 1 0 16 5 13 3 .000 9.4 2.9 1.8 7.6 0% .302 .000 1.37 4.92 4.12 0 0.00 0.0
2003 KCA MLB 4 4 25.3 1 2 0 23 11 19 1 .256 98 8.2 3.9 0.4 6.8 51% .297 .234 1.34 3.52 4.26 103 4.33 90.8
2003 IND AAA 7 4 22.0 1 3 0 32 10 17 5 .000 13.1 4.1 2.0 7.0 0% .370 .000 1.91 6.47 7.36 0 0.00 0.0
2003 OKL AAA 7 7 39.3 2 1 0 38 21 40 1 .000 8.7 4.8 0.2 9.2 0% .346 .000 1.50 3.42 4.12 0 0.00 0.0
2003 OMA AAA 13 12 76.7 3 5 0 70 38 65 10 .000 8.2 4.5 1.2 7.6 0% .280 .000 1.41 4.90 3.64 0 0.00 0.0
2004 COL MLB 14 14 78.7 2 3 0 82 45 41 8 .266 116 9.4 5.1 0.9 4.7 52% .284 .260 1.61 5.17 4.12 119 7.56 156.0
2004 OMA AAA 18 18 104.7 8 6 0 111 35 70 13 .000 9.5 3.0 1.1 6.0 0% .296 .000 1.39 5.04 4.21 0 0.00 0.0
2005 COL MLB 34 27 171.3 8 16 0 201 81 101 22 .253 113 10.6 4.3 1.2 5.3 54% .318 .279 1.65 5.15 5.46 109 6.54 140.6
2006 SFN MLB 34 21 156.0 6 10 0 167 64 79 16 .260 92 9.6 3.7 0.9 4.6 59% .298 .268 1.48 4.85 5.19 101 4.84 98.5
2007 TEX MLB 20 9 77.0 4 5 0 72 41 39 6 .265 101 8.4 4.8 0.7 4.6 55% .277 .255 1.47 5.09 3.62 116 7.09 146.7
2007 FRI AA 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 .256 106 13.5 0.0 0.0 4.5 47% .400 .260 1.50 2.18 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
2007 OKL AAA 3 3 16.3 2 1 0 21 3 11 2 .255 97 11.6 1.7 1.1 6.1 67% .339 .276 1.47 4.33 4.42 0 0.00 0.0
2008 TEX MLB 75 0 84.3 8 7 0 93 35 60 5 .257 112 9.9 3.7 0.5 6.4 63% .325 .256 1.52 4.03 5.12 97 5.30 113.1
2009 KCA MLB 65 0 79.0 3 5 0 73 44 60 8 .263 105 8.3 5.0 0.9 6.8 60% .281 .261 1.48 4.87 4.33 107 5.59 120.0
2010 CLE MLB 18 0 21.3 1 2 0 25 9 9 1 .260 108 10.5 3.8 0.4 3.8 62% .312 .279 1.59 4.36 5.48 108 5.40 122.0
2010 SEA MLB 28 0 37.0 0 1 0 30 16 19 2 .254 100 7.3 3.9 0.5 4.6 65% .248 .242 1.24 4.10 3.41 103 4.53 102.3
2010 SAC AAA 10 0 14.0 1 0 1 23 9 16 2 .276 96 14.8 5.8 1.3 10.3 48% .477 .363 2.29 5.08 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2011 SEA MLB 60 0 68.3 2 3 1 61 30 48 6 .264 95 8.0 4.0 0.8 6.3 58% .279 .260 1.33 4.33 3.16 104 4.91 114.1
2012 LAN MLB 66 0 67.7 5 3 0 72 30 54 2 .259 96 9.6 4.0 0.3 7.2 69% .324 .256 1.51 3.42 3.72 89 3.83 87.9
2013 TBA MLB 66 1 70.0 2 2 0 61 23 65 4 .266 95 7.8 3.0 0.5 8.4 52% .298 .245 1.20 3.16 3.09 78 2.51 60.0
2014 LAN MLB 61 1 70.3 5 4 1 72 27 54 3 .254 97 9.2 3.5 0.4 6.9 60% .314 .263 1.41 3.44 4.35 95 3.85 94.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 1410 0.5291 0.4234 0.8308 0.5885 0.2380 0.8975 0.6456 0.1692
2009 1312 0.4840 0.3849 0.8059 0.5685 0.2127 0.8975 0.5764 0.1941
2010 898 0.5256 0.4009 0.8778 0.5636 0.2207 0.9361 0.7128 0.1222
2011 1048 0.5153 0.4065 0.8286 0.5574 0.2461 0.9070 0.6400 0.1714
2012 1094 0.4845 0.4442 0.7737 0.5981 0.2996 0.8801 0.5740 0.2263
2013 1105 0.4742 0.4290 0.7616 0.5973 0.2771 0.8403 0.6087 0.2384
2014 1058 0.5132 0.4556 0.7925 0.5801 0.3243 0.8730 0.6407 0.2075
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-04-11 2008-04-14 DTD 3 3 Abdomen Soreness Oblique -
2007-04-11 2007-06-16 60-DL 66 59 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2006-06-03 2006-06-03 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness Virus -
2002-04-05 2002-05-24 15-DL 49 43 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff Tendinitis -
2001-10-30 2001-10-30 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spurs 2001-10-30 -
2001-05-21 2001-06-10 15-DL 20 16 Right Trunk Strain Intercostal - -
2000-03-28 2000-05-23 15-DL 56 45 Right Shoulder Strain Partial Rotator Cuff Tear - -
1997-05-15 1997-06-08 15-DL 24 22 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TEX $
2014 LAN $1,800,000
2013 TBA $900,000
2012 LAN $900,000
2011 SEA $900,000
2010 CLE $900,000
2009 KCA $800,000
2008 TEX $1,000,000
2007 TEX $900,000
2006 SFN $800,000
2005 COL $550,000
2002 MIL $4,250,000
2001 MIL $2,350,000
2000 MIL $1,025,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$17,075,000
13 yrTotal$17,075,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
16 y 86 dCasey Close1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/24/16 (minor-league contract). Retired 3/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Texas as a free agent 2/14/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. Released by Texas 3/31/15.
  • 1 year/$1.8M (2014). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 12/13.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2013). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/22/13 (minor-league contract). May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2012). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.9M in majors. May opt-out of contract 3/25/12, giving club chance to retain his rights by adding Wright to the active roster by 3/30/12. $0.5M in performance bonuses: $62,500 each for 40, 45 games pitched. $75,000 for 50 g. $0.1M each for 55, 60, 65 g. Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 3/27/12.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2011). Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/31/11 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Seattle 3/28/11.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2010). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/9/10 (minor-league contract). $0.9M salary in majors. $0.7M in performance bonuses. Contract purchased by Cleveland 4/2/10. DFA by Cleveland 6/4/10, released 6/10/10. Signed by Seattle as a free agent 7/15/10.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2009). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 2/10/09 (minor-league contract). Performance bonuses: Starts: $50,000 for 5 GS. $0.1M each for 10, 15 GS. $0.15M for 20 GS. Relief appearances: $50,000 each for 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 games. $0.1M each for 50, 55, 60 games. Contract purchased by Kansas City 4/4/09.
  • 1 year/$1M (2008). Re-signed by Texas as a free agent 1/11/08 (minor-league contract). $0.85M in performance bonuses based on games, starts. May request release if not on 40-man roster 3/27/08.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2007). Signed as a free agent 1/07 (minor-league contract). $0.35M in performance bonuses (from 120 to 180 IP). Contract purchased 4/07.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2006), plus 2007 mutual option. Signed as a free agent 1/06 (minor-league contract). 06:$0.5M, 07:$2.5M mutual option ($0.3M buyout). Contract purchased 3/06. San Francisco declined $2.5M 2007 option 11/06.
  • 1 year/$0.55M (2005). Signed as a free agent 12/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004). Signed as a free agent 4/04 & 7/04.
  • 1 year (2003) (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$4.25M (2002).
  • 1 year/$2.35M (2001). Avoided arbitration.
  • Drafted by Colorado 1993 (1-28) (Westmoore HS, Oklahoma City, Okla.).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2015 Jamey Wright had a string of eight consecutive years of getting a non-roster invite before earning a major-league contract, but bucked that trend in 2014 by signing a guaranteed deal with the Dodgers. The results were essentially the same.
2014 It took 18 years and almost as many major-league uniforms for Wright to take his first sip of postseason champagne. A true journeyman, the veteran right-hander showed up to Rays camp without a guaranteed contract, marking the sixth straight season he cracked an Opening Day roster as an NRI. Make no mistake, Wright is not a charity case or someone clinging on for the sake of not letting go. As he prepares to complete his fourth decade on the planet, he is still one of the more durable relief arms in the game. He uses an upper-80s sinker to generate groundball rates that border on extreme, a cutter of similar velocity and a big loopy curveball in the upper 70s that buckles knees. The cutter has given him a new lease on life, and the Sooner State native shows no signs of slowing down.
2013 Wright may be the ultimate grinder among pitchers, the poor man's Mike Morgan. A 17-year veteran who has never once reached the playoffs or received any accolades, he has bounced from team to team to team, showing up in spring training on non-roster invitations for seven straight years and finding work at the major-league level each time. He broke camp with the Dodgers thanks to a slew of preseason injuries, and while most of his work was in low-leverage duty, he didn't shame himself in higher-leverage work. He wound up posting career bests in strikeout, unintentional walk, groundball, and home-run rates, maxing out all $500,000 worth of appearance-based incentive bonuses in his contract along the way. The combination should be enough to land him another job, though you can bet he'll probably have to sing for his supper once again.
2012 At this point in a career, it's about small accomplishments. Wright earned his first save, so that's a game ball to put on the mantle. He pitched the eighth inning 33 times, a career high that reflected Seattle's trust in him. He pitched in his 500th major league game, and he passed Bob Tewksbury in career innings pitched. That's what it means to be Jamey Wright: obscure achievements, interspersed with humbling trips to Triple-A. The Mariners will hope not to need much from Wright next season, with a crop of young Seattle relievers gunning for late-inning roles. Every team, in fact, will hope not to need from Wright next season, but some team will, and Wright will be ready.
2011 Jamey Wright signed as a free agent with three different teams in the span of just over five months, a feat made possible by pitching poorly enough to be released by the first two. A low BABIP gave him a longer lease on life with Seattle, but after 15 major-league seasons, the carousel is coming to a halt.
2010 Wright was initially an afterthought, but he pitched himself into a more prominent role with a hot April, but Lautrec, god of small sample sizes, smote Wright and the rest of his season was as unremarkable as the bulk of his previous career. Sadly, even after he re-proved he was at best mid-game mop-up relief, Hillman still assumed he had Soria Lite and overused him in high-leverage situations. Then again, given that the Royals pen bore more than a passing resemblance to the fiery pits of Mount Doom, it’s not like the skipper had many options.
2009 There isn't much glory associated with a classic middle-relief role, but it's the sort of thing we see less of in today's overbred bullpens. When you've got a rotation as up in the air as the Rangers' was, it makes sense to have a guy around who can squeegee the resulting mess into history's gutters, and Wright delivered on exactly that level, vulturing or soaking lots of decisions, and "blowing" a half-dozen saves, only one representing a true ninth-inning opportunity. Did we mention the relative absence of glory involved with the job? He's a free agent as we go to press, but he'll clearly do what he's asked to for a paycheck.
2008 Wright missed two months with an ailing shoulder, which allowed him to post a career-best ERA by limiting him to 77 innings. Wright also walked more men than he struckout, which proved that ERA was a fluke. Hoping the fluke can sustain a little longer, the Rangers signed him to a minor league deal in December.
2007 Wright pitched well for about three months; a good March got him the fifth starter`s job, and a very respectable 3.84 ERA through his first eight starts justified the decision. He then posted a 6.49 ERA with more walks than strikeouts over his next twelve before Alou finally decided he`d seen enough and yanked Wright in favor of Hennessey. He`s a non-roster invitee to Giant camp this spring.
2006 While most teams wouldn`t sign players cut by the Royals for fear of all the nasty talk behind their backs between classes or after school, the Rockies happily picked up their former prospect in the middle of 2004 and stuck with him through 250 innings of what you`d expect from a player cut by the Royals. To be fair, Wright didn`t pitch that badly in 2004, and he`s been in hitters` parks his entire career, but then again, taking your local garage band out of the neighborhood to a gig at Red Rocks isn`t going to turn them into the Rolling Stones.
2005 Winner of the Grover Cleveland Award for non-consecutive terms of service in the Rockies rotation. Hey, he's done the gig, can handle the pressures, doesn't get his uniform dirty from all that wallowing in self-pity…. When you're the Rockies, you like these things in a guy. All things considered, he'll be an asset, at least in that he'll take his turns, pitch with a reliable mediocrity, and generally keep Colorado in games for five or six innings. Sometimes, you get rich doing that, and sometimes, you don't have time for a mortgage.
2004 The one-time Rockies pitching prospect (is there any other kind?) turned heads with a collection of fine September starts. Of course, if you take away his shutout against the Tigers, he had a 6.61 ERA. Which, unless he regains even more velocity on his sinker, is a good approximation of what might happen this season. He signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs.
2003 Although Wright started off the season recovering from elbow surgery and shoulder tendonitis, he bounced back in time to have a nice August, just in time to make him a tad more expensive for the Cardinals to acquire. At this point, it’s worth wondering if Wright will ever get his struggles ironed out, or if he’ll just wind up being the sphinx without a riddle. You’d hope that coming to the Cardinals and working with Dave Duncan would help, but he didn’t get that much exposure. Wright still has good stuff, and if he can hook up with a Gullett or Duncan or Ruhle to coach him, and tackle his temper, he could finally turn the corner. You can say that about a lot of guys, naturally.
2002 As unpredictable as pitchers can be, Wright’s failure to improve has been especially maddening. When he starts struggling, you can see him get frustrated and make it worse, alternating between guiding his pitches—which include a great sinker and curve—and beaning people. Wright completely collapsed in the second half last year, with a 6.70 ERA after the All-Star break. Postseason surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow is not supposed to affect him in 2002.
2001 Coors Field seemed to hurt Jamey Wright more than the average pitcher, which makes sense, since he relies almost entirely upon movement on his pitches. He was worked too hard for someone who was pitching with a partially torn labrum, so the Brewers will be lucky to get a full season out of him in 2001.
2000 He’s still learning to pitch. Wright was actually impressive in the limited duty he saw with the Rockies in 1999, despite which he received a punitive demotion. He’s got a “heavy ball” that induces loads of grounders and double plays, a style that served him well with players like Neifi Perez and Todd Helton behind him. Wright doesn’t strike a lot of guys out, but he’s about two walks per nine innings from millions of dollars in cash and prizes. We still can’t believe he pitched as much as he did in 1998. He’s been traded to the Brewers, who also have a fairly good infield defense. He’s a decent candidate for what will look like a breakout season in 2000.
1999 Didn't belong in the majors in '96, and the Rockies screwed him up by rushing him. Wright threw so many pitches in so many innings - he faced over 900 batters, and it only seemed like he walked half of them - that this year he's probably headed for a breakdown, physical or emotional. Still has the plus fastball and slider, he could find himself in another organization.
1998 Last year we expressed concern over all the innings he threw in ’96, while predicting lots of strikeouts and dominance of righties for ’97. Looks like we should have been more concerned. He walked more than he struck out, got pounded and while he was decent against righties, lefties hit him at a .394 clip. To top it off, he ended the season with bone chips in his elbow.
1997 Long term, I’m concerned about the number of innings he threw in 1996. Short term, look for him to strike out a lot more guys next year and completely shut down right-handed hitters. A good bet to be an effective starter for the next three or four years. You’ll particularly enjoy watching Raul Mondesi trying to hit against him; the visual is something akin to what Jim Carrey might look like trying to play racquetball with a wet baguette.

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