Wright Working to Perfect Knuckleball at Akron
By Sean Tuttle
Steven Wright was born on August 30th, 1984 in Torrance, California. Wright is an alumnus of Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, California. Wright was drafted in the 26th round by the San Diego Padres of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. He declined the a contract, and attended the University of Hawaii where he was named to the second team all-american list as a Junior in 2006. That season he recorded an 11-2 record with a 2.30 ERA in 110 innings of work.
In 2006, Wright was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the second round of the amateur draft.
In Wright’s first season with the organization, he split time between Lake County and Kinston posting a combined record of 7-9 with a 5.67 ERA starting 27 games, and pitching 114.1 innings. That year he struck-out 114 batters and walked 37.
Wright’s second year was his first with the Aeros. While in Akron, Wright went 4-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 14 starts. He struck-out 58 and walked 17 in his sophomore stint with the Aeros.
In 2009, Wright posted a 10-0 record with the Aeros and maintained a 2.32 ERA before being called up to Triple-A Columbus. Wright appeared in two games, starting one, during his time in Columbus. He saw 5.2 innings of work and struck-out four batters.
But, 2010 was a different year for Wright. He began the year with the Aeros, however, his role would be from the bullpen. Wright only started two games in 2010, but appeared in 39, finishing 18, and posting five saves. Wright would see time in Columbus again, appearing in nine games, Wright lived the life of a reliever in 2010, working 10.2 innings.
Wright spent 2011 as a so called, “journeymen.” He would begin the year in Lake County (Single A) for nine games. Spent seven games in Kinston, where he posted a 3.13 ERA before being called up again to the Aeros. He appeared in eight games in Akron, starting seven with a record of 2-4, and was called up again to Triple-A Columbus for one game.
This season hopes to be a big year for the knuckleballer. He is expected to be the third man in a strong pitching rotation for the Aeros, and is coming out of spring training very healthy.
“I look forward to developing the [knuckleball] more this season,” Wright told reporters at media day. According to Wright, he has been playing around with the speed of the pitch. Throwing it harder, and slower to see the different effects it has on the pitch.
Wright made his first appearance this season on the road against Binghamton Mets. The Aeros lost 2-1. Wright is scheduled to make his next appearance at home against the Trenton Thunder on Sunday at 1:05 pm.