If you own Mike Mussina Ö or Carl Pavano Ö or Chien-ming Wang Ö surely youíre looking for replacements. The Yankees are too, and tonight, Chase Wright will get the call. I canít say I knew much about this guy until the other day, so I figured heís worth discussing.
Wright is a somewhat tantalizing option. He struck out 100 batters in 119 2/3 innings at Single-A last year, so heís got pretty good stuff. Yankees pitchers are always attractive fantasy players as well due to New Yorkís imposing lineup. A guy like Wright can give up five runs in five innings and still come away with a ďW.Ē
All that being said, Wright isnít a strong option -- and that goes for both now and the future. There are a lot of negatives on his resume:
-- His control stinks. Wright walked 43 batters in 119 2/3 innings at Single-A last year. Not hideous, I suppose, but certainly not good for a 23-year-old at Single-A. In previous years, he was wilder than a 12-year-old on a Mountain Dew buzz: 69 walks in 144 innings at A ball in 2005; 60 walks in 89 innings at the same level in 2004.
-- Wrightís strikeout rate was strong last year, but he was 23 years old and pitching in Single-A. His performance isnít really that impressive when you take that into account.
-- Limited experience. Wright has just two starts at Double-A and none above that level. He needs a lot more seasoning before heíll be anything close to a force in the big leagues.
Taking a chance on Wright now would be a huge risk. I donít think you need to snarf him up in keeper leagues, either. There isnít anything here that indicates heís going to be a stellar major-league player.
Nice move by the Reds inking Ryan Freel to a two-year, $7 million extension. Seems cheap for a player who can get on base (.363 OBP last year), steal bases and play pretty much anywhere. There isnít much pop in his bat, but Freel fills a role on the Reds quite nicely -- and the price is right.
Tomorrow: A look at Jason Frasor.