We take a look at what it might be like if Atlanta Braves prospect Kyle Wright blossoms into the starting pitcher we all hope he'll be.
I love Tim Corbin and the program he's created at Vanderbilt University. Over the years he's helped develop some of the best pitchers in the country and a lot of them have gone on to do great things at the next level.
Kyle Wright was supposed to be one of the best ever -- other than maybe David Price.
I've gone on record as saying that I never saw it with Wright at Vanderbilt, at least not in his junior year when he went into that season with so much hype.
But no one could deny the stuff, and so the Braves took a chance on him with a very high draft pick.
Again, I was never high on him, and after his first 25.2 innings in the big leagues I felt a little justified.
But now it's almost like people are overlooking him and casting him off as a future back-of-the-rotation starter at best.
Maybe that's why my attitude towards him has shifted into thinking he could still become a future ace.
Wright came into spring training hoping to earn a spot in the starting rotation, and while we know spring training stats and performances can be misleading, one could argue Wright was the best starting pitcher in camp.
He had a 2.03 ERA in 13.1 innings with 15 strikeouts and just 3 walks.
And honestly, as I've pointed out on here before, Wright really started to turn a corner the second half of 2019 in Triple-A. Go look at his numbers if you don't already know, they're pretty incredible.
It looked like he was carrying that success into this season and I really think it was (and still could be) a breakout year for him.
If OOTP simulation is to be trusted, they think so as well. Right now his simulated stats for the 2020 season look like this: 6 GS, 1.82 ERA, 5 QS, 34.2 IP, 19 H, 15 BB, 7 ER, 35 K, 0.98 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, and 9.1 K/9.
Other than the BB/9 being a little high, I'll take those numbers from Kyle Wright.
But the other thing that got me thinking about Kyle Wright as a potential future ace for the Braves is the video game MLB The Show.
I've been grinding this game since it came out as it coincided with baseball being shutdown.
Recently they released a "Future Stars" card for every MLB team and Kyle Wright was the player they chose for the Braves.
The stats they gave him on this card are ridiculous and instantly make him one of the best starting pitchers in the game.
They have him throwing a fastball that tops out at 96 MPH, a sinker at 94 MPH, a slider at 87 MPH, a curveball at 80 MPH, and a changeup at 82 MPH.
He has the ability to live up to that fifth overall pick, the only issue in the big leagues has been his command with a 6.7 BB/9 with the Braves.
If he can get that under control, we could see the 24-year-old blossom into a frontline starter -- if not a flat out ace -- for the Braves as soon as 2021.
And if there is a a 2020 season, I think he does have that breakout season and could be the difference for the Braves in short season and in the playoffs.
What are your thoughts on Kyle Wright and his future with the Braves? Are you high or low on him right now? Let us know in the comments below.