Steven Wright
Steven Wright
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Recurring knee issues and a 15-game suspension for domestic violence limited Wright to just four starts and 16 relief appearances in 2018. The 34-year-old underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in November but is expected to be ready by the start of the season, though that was the story for much of last offseason as well and he wound up not debuting until mid-May. When available, Wright was effective, finishing with a 2.68 ERA in 53.2 innings. Both his 18.8% strikeout rate and 11.7% walk rate were fairly poor, leading to a mediocre 4.37 FIP, but the knuckleballer has routinely outperformed the estimators. If Wright ends up in a rotation spot this season, he'll have a great opportunity for wins to offset his middling strikeouts and ERA. He could also provide a heavy workload out of the bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.38 million contract with the Red Sox in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Needs Tommy John surgery
PFree Agent  
Elbow
October 19, 2019
Wright will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Wright was released by the Red Sox on Friday, a move which looks to be at least partially informed by this news. The surgery will almost certainly keep Wright out for all of the 2020 season, but if he undergoes the procedure soon, he could be good to go by spring training of 2021. Whether he's able to find a job at that point remains to be seen. He'll be 36 years old at that point and has posted a 4.71 ERA over his last three seasons, serving suspensions for domestic violence and PEDs over that stretch.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
22
Last 10 Games
22
Last 5 Games
23
How many pitches does Steven Wright generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Steven Wright generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-53%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .287 126 18 13 31 5 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .277 244 42 22 61 14 1 12
2019vs Left .250 15 1 2 3 0 0 2
2019vs Right .533 18 4 2 8 1 0 1
2018vs Left .259 69 10 9 15 2 0 0
2018vs Right .190 154 32 17 26 7 0 5
2017vs Left .342 42 7 2 13 3 0 3
2017vs Right .397 72 6 3 27 6 1 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-60%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-91%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 6.33 1.61 48.1 3 3 1 6.9 3.5 2.6
Since 2017Away 2.52 1.37 35.2 1 2 0 5.8 4.0 0.8
2019Home 10.38 2.31 4.1 0 1 0 8.3 2.1 6.2
2019Away 4.50 2.50 2.0 0 0 0 4.5 13.5 0.0
2018Home 4.45 1.38 30.1 2 0 1 7.1 4.7 1.5
2018Away 0.39 1.07 23.1 1 1 0 6.9 3.9 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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.25
 
K/9
7.1
 
BB/9
5.7
 
HR/9
4.3
 
Fastball
82.5 mph
 
ERA
8.53
 
WHIP
2.37
 
BABIP
.384
 
GB/FB
1.14
 
Left On Base
83.3%
 
Exit Velocity
92.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.7%
 
Spin Rate
1971 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
61.5%
 
Swinging Strike
9.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Cut loose by Red Sox
PFree Agent  
Elbow
October 18, 2019
Wright (elbow) was released by the Red Sox on Friday.
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Heads to 60-day IL
PBoston Red Sox  
Elbow
September 1, 2019
The Red Sox transferred Wright (toe, elbow) to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
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Receives PRP injection
PBoston Red Sox  
Toe
August 7, 2019
Wright (toe) recently received a PRP injection in his elbow, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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Meeting with Dr. James Andrews
PBoston Red Sox  
Toe
August 6, 2019
Wright (toe) will meet with Dr. James Andrews about an elbow injury, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Visiting doctors in Boston
PBoston Red Sox  
Foot
July 27, 2019
Wright (toe) is visiting with doctors in Boston on Saturday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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