The Chicago Cubs drafted Ty Wright in 2007 out of Oklahoma State in the seventh round. The 25-year old outfielder has been an RBI machine so far this year … 42 RBI in 43 games. Wright has eight home runs, 14 doubles and scored 34 runs. Wright has shown a little patience at the plate with 10 walks but he has struck out only 18 times. Wright’s line so far for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies: .291/.337/.509/.845.
Ty Wright has moved slowly through the system. Despite putting up solid numbers last year at Tennessee (AA), the Cubs started him in Double-A this season.
Wright is just two home runs shy of his career-high in longballs (10) and may be developing the power that he has been lacking. A promotion to Iowa could be in his future but with players such as Brad Snyder, Micah Hoffpauir, Bryan LaHair, Matt Camp, Sam Fuld, Jason Dubois and James Adduci already on Ryne Sandberg’s roster, he would be better staying in Double-A and playing everyday. On a side note, the days of Micah Hoffpauir and Jason Dubois being considered prospects are gone. Like many of the teams around the league, the Cubs use the Triple-A level for position players that could possibly help in a pinch. Many position players are promoted from Double-A. With that said, Triple-A is a very good way to evaluate pitching prospects … such as Andrew Cashner and Jay Jackson.
Wright has played all three outfield spots, but predominantly in left field … just a combined 15 games in center and right. With Alfonso Soriano manning left through 2014, Wright has little chance to make it to the majors with the Cubs as a left fielder. If Wright can carry his success against southpaws over from the minor to the majors he might be able to find a big league job as a right-handed bat off the bench … basically a fourth or fifth outfielder on a Major League roster. Not only must Ty continue to develop offensively, he must show he can play average to above average defense in all three outfield positions. The Cubs have a plethora of left-handed bats in the system and that may end up separating Wright from the rest of the pack.
Full Name: Ty Jonathan Wright
Age: 25 (February 26, 1985)
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