Steven Wright
Steven Wright
34-Year-Old PitcherRP
Boston Red Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-Year, $1.1 million contract with the Red Sox in January of 2018.
Has game-changing outing
PBoston Red Sox
September 21, 2018
Wright (3-1) pitched three scoreless innings Thursday, giving up one hit while striking out two to pick up the win over the Yankees.
The Yankees had just erased Boston's lead in the fourth inning when Giancarlo Stanton unloaded a grand slam off Heath Hembree, and it looked like the Red Sox's plan to clinch the AL East might have to wait. Then Wright entered. He slowed down the Yankees lineup between the fifth and seventh innings, with his knuckler causing them to take some horrific swings, and Boston's bats were able to reclaim the lead. He hasn't allowed a run since being activated from the disabled list Sept. 3, a span of seven games and 10 innings. Wright will clearly be a weapon in the postseason, whether he's needed to relieve an ineffective starter early or pitch multiple innings late.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .228 380 67 34 77 13 1 9
Since 2016vs Right .259 587 108 54 136 21 5 16
2018vs Left .240 61 10 9 12 2 0 0
2018vs Right .193 136 25 17 23 6 0 4
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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Since 2016
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Since 2016Home 5.09 1.48 120.1 10 4 1 6.8 3.6 1.4
Since 2016Away 2.26 1.15 107.1 6 6 0 7.0 3.4 0.5
2018Home 4.61 1.43 27.1 2 0 1 6.6 5.3 1.3
2018Away 0.46 1.12 19.2 0 1 0 6.9 4.6 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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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Notches first save
PBoston Red Sox
September 16, 2018
Wright allowed a walk and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Mets, as he secured the save.
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Bridges to closer in win
PBoston Red Sox
September 13, 2018
Wright allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless eighth inning in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Blue Jays.
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Throws two innings Sunday
PBoston Red Sox
September 10, 2018
Wright allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-5 win over Houston.
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Pitches back-to-back days
PBoston Red Sox
September 5, 2018
Wright worked around a double and a walk to pitch a scoreless sixth inning in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Braves.
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Makes first appearance off DL
PBoston Red Sox
September 4, 2018
Wright allowed one hit in a scoreless inning in Monday's 8-2 win over Atlanta.
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