CUMBERLAND – As a junior nearer for the Bryant University baseball workforce in 2019, Cumberland’s Chris Wright delivered his share of spectacular outings on his method to a program-record 13 saves, and one in all them passed off throughout a three-game invitational event in mid-March at Richmond University.
Wright picked up his fifth save of the season for the Bulldogs in a 5-2 conquer Quinnipiac University, as he struck out seven of the 13 batters he confronted in three innings of labor, together with the facet within the closing inning.
This season, Wright might be pitching once more within the capital of Virginia, however this time, he might be taking the ball for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
The former All-State standout and 2016 graduate of Cumberland High acquired phrase from the Giants’ group final Friday that he’ll start his second full professional season within the Eastern League, which historically options the highest prospects in Major League Baseball.
“It’s going to be great,” Wright stated on Sunday evening from Scottsdale, Ariz., as he was starting to pack his belongings for the next afternoon’s flight to Virginia. “I’ll finally be in the same time zone as everyone.”
The prospects of pitching two ranges beneath “The Show” has actually thrilled Wright, and so is the possibility to lastly play on the East Coast after making his professional debut with the Arizona League’s Giants-Black workforce in 2019, starting final spring with the Low-A San Jose (Calif.) Giants, and spending the majority of the season with the High-A Eugene (Ore.) Emeralds.
When Wright known as his household final Friday to share the information that he was pitching on the East Coast, “that was the first thing that we talked about,” he stated. “They’re going to be able to see me a lot more, which is really cool. I also have an uncle who lives in Richmond and I see mostly around the holidays, so it will be really nice to hang out with him a lot more as well.”
Wright, who was drafted within the twelfth spherical by the Giants within the 2019 MLB Draft, noticed his inventory within the group rise final season with an distinctive yr that noticed him finish it with a 4-0 file and 21 saves. In 37 appearances, 31 with Eugene, he pitched 45 innings, struck out 79 of the 173 batters he confronted, and allowed 21 walks, 19 hits, and 5 earned runs. His ERA was 1.00 and his WHIP was .089.
The southpaw additionally helped Eugene seize its third championship within the final 5 seasons by topping the Spokane Indians in 4 video games of their best-of-five High-A West title sequence. Wright pitching an inning in two video games, placing out six of the seven batters he confronted, and choosing up a save within the second sport of the sequence.
“That was a great season,” added Wright, who acquired a framed commemorative poster, along with his workforce’s baseball playing cards, of the championship season from his dad and mom for Christmas. “We have a good amount of guys from Eugene last year who are also going to Richmond and they’re cool dudes. It’s going to be a pretty good time.”
Wright additionally loved his second spring coaching on the Giants’ advanced in Scottsdale, and he was lucky sufficient to make a short look for the big-league membership in an exhibition sport throughout city in opposition to the Colorado Rockies on March 19 at Salt River Fields.
With two outs, nobody on base, and the Giants holding a 7-5 lead within the backside of the eighth inning, Wright was summoned from the bullpen to face center infield prospect Ezequiel Tovar, who had singled and scored a run in his final at-bat.
Wright solely wanted one pitch to set down Tovar, as he threw a fastball “up and in” to get Tovar to fly out to proper subject and finish the inning. And that was the tip of the day for Wright; after the Giants added a run within the prime of the ninth, Peter Tago picked up a save by pitching a 1-2-3 inning.
“Having (8,005) fans at a spring training game felt weird for sure,” stated Wright, “but it was definitely a really cool experience.”
Wright hopes to make his Double-A debut this weekend when the Flying Squirrels head out to Maryland early Friday morning to start a three-game sequence with the Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
As for pitching in New England throughout the season? There is a few dangerous information for native followers: Richmond gained’t be heading throughout state strains to close by Hartford to face the Hartford Yard Goats, the Rockies’ Double-A workforce, at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, “and I wish we were going to Hartford because that place is beautiful,” added Wright.
But the Flying Squirrels will spend their first two weeks of August in northern New England, due to six-game sequence in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays’ New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Aug. 2-7) and Boston Red Sox’s Portland Sea Dogs (Aug. 9-14).
But earlier than setting his sights on returning to the area, Wright merely needs to proceed his success within the group and “don’t try to be anything other than what I am,” he added. “Don’t try to do too much. Don’t let the moment get the best of you and speed you up. Just stay where you’re at, pitch as well as you can, and just have fun while you’re doing it.”