Kyle Wright entered the 2017 season as one of the top pitching prospects in the entire draft, perhaps as high as #2 on the board. Then games began and the right hander had some struggles early on. In his first eight starts, through April 7th, he had thrown 43.0 innings with 19 walks and 42 strikeouts to go along with a very uninspiring 4.81 ERA. Things were just not looking good for the Vanderbilt right hander.

From that point forward though, everything began to change. Whatever it was that flipped the switch, worked. In the five starts since he’s thrown 39.2 innings where he’s allowed just 12 hits, walked seven batters and struck out 51 hitters. That’s a WHIP of 0.48 and he’s posted an ERA of 1.14 in that span. He hasn’t been doing that against cupcakes, either. Vanderbilt is in the middle of conference play in the SEC.

While the overall season numbers are merely good, it’s been the run over the last five weeks that has been what scouts were expecting to see, but even better. On the year he’s now posting a 3.06 ERA in 13 starts over 82.1 innings. Kyle Wright has walked 26 batters and struck out 93 batters, allowing just two homers along the way.

Kyle Wright Scouting Report

Fastball | The pitch works in the 93-95 MPH range, though at times he’ll sit 94-96 with the pitch.

Slider | The pitch worked in the low-to-mid 80’s. It’s got a bit of a cutter type of action to it and could be a plus offering in the future.

Curveball | His go-to secondary pitch is a 12-6 offering that is a plus offering that works in the 78-82 MPH range.

Change Up | The pitch doesn’t have a large velocity difference from the fastball, working in the upper 80’s most nights. It does show good movement and late sink to it. Depending on where you look, you can see it referred to as an average offering or as a potential plus offering.

Overall Thoughts

Physically, Kyle Wright has everything you want from a starting pitcher. He’s 6′ 4″ and 220 lbs. His mechanics are clean. He’s shown the ability to absolutely dominate high level college baseball. There haven’t been any health concerns during his time in college. The stuff is unquestionable, with four potential plus offerings depending on where you look, but it seems everywhere gives him a chance for at least three above-average pitches and a fourth average one.

When you are drafting at the top of the draft, Kyle Wright is exactly the kind of player you want to look for. There’s superstar potential there. He’s going to be relatively close to the Major Leagues as a college pitcher coming out of the SEC. The concern, if there is any, is what happened to start the 2017 season and the inconsistency he showed at time time. With that said, the run he’s been on over the last five weeks shows he’s capable of rebounding and self-correcting (I’m sure with the help of his coaches, too). While I’m not entirely through all of my draft research, as things sit right now, Kyle Wright would be at the top of my draft board if I had to make one.

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