Steven Wright
Steven Wright
34-Year-Old PitcherRP
Boston Red Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Recurring knee issues and a 15-game suspension for domestic violence limited Wright to just four starts and 16 relief appearances in 2018. The 34-year-old underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in November but is expected to be ready by the start of the season, though that was the story for much of last offseason as well and he wound up not debuting until mid-May. When available, Wright was effective, finishing with a 2.68 ERA in 53.2 innings. Both his 18.8% strikeout rate and 11.7% walk rate were fairly poor, leading to a mediocre 4.37 FIP, but the knuckleballer has routinely outperformed the estimators. If Wright ends up in a rotation spot this season, he'll have a great opportunity for wins to offset his middling strikeouts and ERA. He could also provide a heavy workload out of the bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.38 million contract with the Red Sox in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Could see saves in 2019
PBoston Red Sox
January 17, 2019
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Wright is an option at closer in 2019, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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With Craig Kimbrel hitting the free agent market, Dombrowski named Wright, Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes and Tyler Thornburg as possible options to take over as the team's closer, though he noted Barnes and Brasier are the two frontrunners. The veteran knuckleballer was solid when healthy in 2018, posting a 2.68 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 53.2 innings. He underwent a scope on his left knee earlier in the offseason but should be good to go for the start of spring training.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .232 388 67 34 80 13 1 9
Since 2016vs Right .256 605 115 54 139 22 5 17
2018vs Left .259 69 10 9 15 2 0 0
2018vs Right .190 154 32 17 26 7 0 5
2017vs Left .342 42 7 2 13 3 0 3
2017vs Right .397 72 6 3 27 6 1 6
2016vs Left .209 277 50 23 52 8 1 6
2016vs Right .254 379 77 34 86 9 4 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-91%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-54%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.04 1.47 123.1 10 4 1 6.9 3.5 1.5
Since 2016Away 2.19 1.14 110.0 7 6 0 7.1 3.2 0.5
2018Home 4.45 1.38 30.1 2 0 1 7.1 4.7 1.5
2018Away 0.39 1.07 23.1 1 1 0 6.9 3.9 0.0
2017Home 9.22 1.90 13.2 1 2 0 5.9 1.3 4.0
2017Away 6.97 1.84 10.1 0 1 0 3.5 2.6 2.6
2016Home 4.54 1.42 79.1 7 2 0 7.0 3.4 1.0
2016Away 2.09 1.06 77.1 6 4 0 7.6 3.1 0.3
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Stat Review
How does Steven Wright 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
1.62
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
4.4
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
83.7 mph
 
ERA
2.68
 
WHIP
1.25
 
BABIP
.248
 
GB/FB
1.74
 
Strand %
82.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A shoulder injury slowed Wright's progression through spring training in 2017, and he made just five starts for the Red Sox before a knee injury in May led to season-ending surgery. Of the starts he made, only one qualified as a quality start, and he was extremely prone to the long ball, allowing nine homers in 24 innings before the injury. Wright turned 33 in August, and in December, he was arrested on domestic assault charges. It's unclear if MLB will hand down a suspension for the incident. Regardless of any disciplinary action that may impact his availability to begin the season, Wright will need to prove that he's healthy and regain the form he showed in 2016 when he took the ball for 24 starts and racked up an impressive 3.33 ERA for the Red Sox, but he has a path to serve as a temporary rotation member again since Eduardo Rodriguez will begin the season on the DL and the health of David Price is in question after he logged just 74.2 innings last season.
Wright enjoyed a breakout year in his second full season with the Red Sox, registering a 3.33 ERA and 3.77 FIP in 156.2 innings and 24 starts. The 32-year-old knuckleballer was consistently able to keep hitters off-balance and avoided giving up a lot of home runs, which was reflected in his solid 0.7 HR/9. While Wright was able to rack up 13 wins for the Red Sox, his strikeout numbers were unspectacular, posting just a 7.3 K/9. Additionally, Wright's 13 wins would have been more had a shoulder injury not forced him to miss all of September. Considering that he relies more on pitch movement, specifically on his knuckleball, than velocity, there is little reason to believe Wright should experience a sharp decline next season as he gets deeper into his 30s. He is likely the Red Sox's sixth starter to begin 2017 following the blockbuster trade to acquire Chris Sale in December.
Poor Steven Wright. He’ll do anything asked of him and has been relatively effective at whatever role is given him, but Wright’s never considered when the Red Sox are thinking long-term about their starting rotation. The knuckle-baller started nine games last season and was used as a reliever in another seven. In his nine starts, Wright had a 3.96 ERA and gave up three of fewer earned runs in eight of them. If you watched Boston’s starting staff closely last season, you can make a case that Wright was the most consistent. Wright’s main role with the Red Sox since being acquired in late 2012 has been as a depth starter, having started games in each of the last three seasons. With Eduardo Rodriguez set to miss a few weeks with a knee injury, Wright appears to be the favorite to break camp as the fifth starter, but it shouldn't take long for him to head to the bullpen, serving as a long reliever / spot starter. He averaged nearly three innings in his seven relief outings last season.
Wright is a 30-year-old knuckleballer who made his mark as a September callup when the Red Sox were auditioning arms for their 2015 Opening Day roster. The results at Triple-A were significantly improved last season, as he showed much better control (72:23 K:BB in 100 innings with Pawtucket) while making 16 starts. His limited sample with Boston was also productive, as he carried a 22:4 K:BB and showed an increased ability to get outs on the ground, although his career rate (1.30 GO/AO) is more indicative of his baseline. If nothing else, Wright is a great story, and he should be considered a long shot for a place in the back of the Red Sox's rotation. Most likely, he'll serve as organizational depth at Pawtucket with an opportunity to contribute if injuries strike the team's rebuilt corps of starters at the big league level.
Wright, a conventional pitcher turned knuckleballer, produced adequate results for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013. He also made four appearances at the major league level, but was burdened by control problems. Prior to the season, Red Sox manager John Farrell was a big supporter of Wright coming off the right-hander's 2012 season, his first full year throwing the knuckler. Whether or not Farrell remains such an ardent supporter, Wright is likely to remain in the starting rotation at Pawtucket. He could be called on for an emergency start in 2014, but Boston will have at least two other starters (Allen Webster, Brandon Workman) at Pawtucket ahead of him.
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Avoids arbitration
PBoston Red Sox
January 10, 2019
Wright signed a one-year, $1.375 million contract with the Red Sox on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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Has procedure on knee
PBoston Red Sox
Knee
November 12, 2018
Wright underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday and is expected to be ready to pitch for the 2019 season, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Could be rotation option
PBoston Red Sox
Knee
November 1, 2018
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that Wright will need to get his knee checked out again but that he will be a "good rotation option" for the Red Sox next year, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
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Doesn't make World Series roster
PBoston Red Sox
Knee
October 23, 2018
Wright (knee) did not make Boston's World Series roster.
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Expected to make World Series roster
PBoston Red Sox
Knee
October 22, 2018
Wright (knee) is expected to be added to Boston's World Series roster Tuesday, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.
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