Monday, September 6, 2010

GCL Astros: Garen Wright

Garen Wright
How did he get here?: Drafted (29th Round), 2009
Stats: 6'3" 230 lbs, Bats: Right Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2011: 20
Position: OF

2010 Overview


What happened?

When Wright was drafted in the 29th Round last year, Bobby Heck was pretty jazzed about Wright:
His size and athleticism are very intriguing. He turned down multiple Division I basketball scholarship offers. He also turned down multiple Division I baseball scholarships. He wanted to get out and play. He's a not a fast-track guy. He's more of a developmental players. We're excited about his tools and upside. It's fair to say he wasn't treated like a 29th rounder.

Those tools and upside have yet to appear, though he did have somewhat of a better year in 2010 than he did in 2009.

2009 stats


So every slash line category improved, and he cut down on his strikeouts by almost 7%, but he still only posted a .582 OPS. Unfortunately, his low average was marked by a fairly robust .304 BABIP, and 68.1% of his contact was on the ground.

Wright played 22 of his 36 games in the field at LF, and the other 14 in RF, committing two errors in 45 chances with three outfield assists.

What went right?

Stolen bases. Wright stole four bases in 2009, and upped that to 14 in 2010 (getting caught six times, for a 70% success rate).

Hitting w/RISP. Wright had a bases empty OPS of .517, which moved to .654 with runners on, but hit .324/.455/.382 in 34 ABs w/RISP.

Hitting on the road. His .623 road OPS may tell you otherwise, but it's a pretty dramatic improvement over last year's road OPS of .379.

What went wrong?

Power. It's disconcerting that a guy his size has only hit one homer in two seasons in the Gulf Coast League, and has a .248 SLG in 273 PAs over two seasons.

Overall batting. Heck said he was more of a developmental player. I'll be curious to see how long the Astros plan on seeing him develop.