Jaret Wright

Jaret Wright

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Jaret Samuel Wright (born December 29, 1975) is an American former Major League Baseball starting pitcher, who played 10 years for five teams. He is the son of former major league pitcher Clyde Wright.

Early life and education

Wright born on December 29, 1975, in Anaheim, California, to Clyde Wright. His father pitched for nine season in the major leagues and three season in the Japanese equivalent. He graduated from Katella High School in Anaheim, where he also played quarterback and linebacker for the football team. He was named league MVP and High School Player of the Year by the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times.

Wright was drafted out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in the 1st round (10th pick overall) of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft.

Professional career

Following the draft, Wright began his professional career with the Burlington Indians, the team's rookie league affiliate in the Appalachian League. The 18 year-old started in four games and had a 5.40 ERA. For 1995, he progressed to the Class A Columbus RedStixx in the South Atlantic League, where he went 5-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 24 games. In 1996, he moved up to the Kinston Indians, the team's "High-A" affiliate in the Carolina League. He went 7-4 in 19 starts, with a 2.50 ERA. Baseball America rated Wright as the #22 Prospect and was regularly mentioned by the Cleveland front office as one of the organization's top prospects.

The following year, 1997, was clearly his best...
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