Mike Wright Jr.
Mike Wright Jr.
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Mike Wright Jr. in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2019.
Earns first save
PBaltimore Orioles
March 30, 2019
Wright allowed one hit and struck out two while not allowing a run over two-thirds of an inning to earn the save against the Yankees on Saturday.
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The save is the first of Wright's career as he shut the door on the Yankees despite entering with a 5-3 lead and baserunners on first and third base. The 29-year-old was competing for a rotation spot in spring training but has come out of the bullpen for both of the Orioles' games this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-25%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .292 209 44 21 54 10 1 8
Since 2017vs Right .300 339 70 29 88 17 1 12
2019vs Left .444 13 1 4 4 0 0 1
2019vs Right .333 38 11 3 11 3 0 2
2018vs Left .284 158 33 15 40 6 1 4
2018vs Right .310 230 41 21 61 10 1 8
2017vs Left .286 38 10 2 10 4 0 3
2017vs Right .254 71 18 5 16 4 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-75%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-45%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 6.52 1.53 59.1 2 3 0 8.2 2.6 2.0
Since 2017Away 5.25 1.68 60.0 2 0 1 9.0 5.0 1.1
2019Home 17.18 3.55 3.2 0 1 0 9.8 9.8 4.9
2019Away 4.26 1.42 6.1 0 0 1 11.4 4.3 1.4
2018Home 5.36 1.40 42.0 2 2 0 7.1 2.4 1.7
2018Away 5.74 1.84 42.1 2 0 0 8.7 5.3 0.9
2017Home 7.24 1.39 13.2 0 0 0 11.2 1.3 2.0
2017Away 3.97 1.24 11.1 0 0 0 8.7 4.0 1.6
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Stat Review
How does Mike Wright Jr. compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
1.71
 
K/9
10.8
 
BB/9
6.3
 
HR/9
2.7
 
Fastball
93.0 mph
 
ERA
9.00
 
WHIP
2.20
 
BABIP
.426
 
GB/FB
0.92
 
Strand %
63.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
Coming off a 2015 campaign in which he posted a 6.04 ERA and walked nearly as many batters as he struck out (3.9 percent K-BB%), Wright found himself slotted in as the Orioles' fourth starter to begin the year. Though he showed improvement in almost every facet of his game, he was still generally terrible and found himself demoted to Triple-A Norfolk by mid-June. The young righty bounced between Triple-A and the major leagues for the remainder of the season, logging nearly identical innings totals between each level. In 74.2 innings with the O's, Wright posted a 5.79 ERA, 15.2 percent strikeout rate and 7.9 percent walk rate. He fared much better at Norfolk, putting together a 3.07 ERA and a lower walk rate (4.6 percent) in 76.1 innings. Wright's first two years in the big leagues paint a bleak picture for his future outlook, as he doesn't figure to be a reliable MLB option anytime soon.
Wright had a tale of two seasons, dominating Triple-A but struggling when he got a shot with the Orioles. Big league jitters likely played a role in 2015, as his 5.24 K/9 was lower than at any level he has thrown at and his BB/9 was higher. He has a live arm and can reach the upper-90s at times, but his slider and changeup are secondary pitches that need some work. Wright had a 37.7% GB%, which led to nine home runs allowed in less than 50 innings. Wright has also had trouble keeping the ball on the ground each of the last three seasons in the minors. The Orioles have a history of moving starters to the bullpen and Wright looks like a candidate for this given his high velocity and lack of secondary stuff. For now, Wright should enter spring training competing for a spot in the rotation.
2014 was looking like a lost season for Wright at the All-Star break, as he was 1-8 with a 6.15 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in his first 18 starts for Triple-A Norfolk. The 6-foot-6 right-hander salvaged his campaign in the second half (1.90 ERA), thanks in large part to a dominant final month. In five August starts spanning 35.1 innings, Wright allowed all of three earned runs (0.76 ERA), with a .176 BAA and 27:8 K:BB. He allowed just 10 homers last season despite a 0.73 GO/AO, and while he's not an overpowering pitcher, his overall body of work was enough to convince the Orioles that he warranted protection from the Rule 5 draft. A third-round pick in the 2011 first-year player draft, Wright may not have the upside of some of his organization mates, namely Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey, but he's someone to keep in mind in case there are several injuries to the Orioles' rotation in 2015.
Wright turned in a solid season at Double-A. His control shined and with a 3.47 K/BB ratio. The Orioles promoted him to Triple-A for his final start of the season and he dropped 6.2 shutout innings. Wright complements a low-90s fastball with a good slider and a changeup. His future role as a starter or reliever is unclear at this point, and Wright should spend most of the season continuing to get exposure at Triple-A. If he proves capable of getting hitters out consistently in the International League, a late-season promotion to Baltimore is possible.
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Making case for rotation spot
PBaltimore Orioles
March 18, 2019
Wright remains in contention for one of the two remaining spots available in Baltimore's Opening Day rotation, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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Getting stretched out as starter
PBaltimore Orioles
February 24, 2019
Wright will start Tuesday against Tampa Bay as the Orioles attempt to stretch him out as a starter, source reports.
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Working out of bullpen
PBaltimore Orioles
April 15, 2018
Wright made his most recent appearance out of the bullpen in the Orioles' 7-3 loss to the Red Sox on Friday, giving up a run on two hits and three walks over 2.2 innings.
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Likely on outs for rotation
PBaltimore Orioles
April 10, 2018
Wright isn't expected to remain in the rotation this week after manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Alex Cobb is scheduled to start Saturday against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Struggles retiring batters
PBaltimore Orioles
April 8, 2018
Wright gave up five runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk over 0.2 innings Sunday but didn't factor into Baltimore's 8-7 victory over the Yankees.
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