Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Wesley Wright adds a changeup

In Zach Levine's piece on Wesley Wright, we see that Wright isn't likely to be in the mix for an SP spot this year, but that the Astros have just added a tool to his toolbox.

Levine, on Wright's time in the Dominican:
For one thing, the laboratory didn't look like Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's when he was finished with it. Wright pitched reasonably well, putting together a 4.29 ERA with 22 walks and 40 strikeouts in 35 2⁄3 innings.

Now, you may be wondering, "Who the heck is Dr. Bunsen Honeydew?"

Wright also added a changeup to his repertoire. Wright:
“I didn't change the grip or anything like that. I just took time out to be able to throw it and not really worry about if it ended up costing me a hit or a run.”

But now the question is about his role. If he doesn't make the rotation, where will the Astros put him? Pair him with Byrdak for another lefty in the bullpen, or send him to Round Rock where he can continue to develop as a starter?

Let's ask Brad Arnsberg:
"If he were to not make the team, if I had my druthers, I'd rather have him put into a rotation where he's compiling innings and experience."