Get To Know: Twins Pro Scout Wesley Wright
Image courtesy of Mark J Rebilas, USA TodayWesley Wright grew up in Alabama. He was the 7th round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2003. He signed and spent five years in that organization. In December 2007, he was a Rule 5 pick by the Houston Astros. He made the team's opening-day roster and spent parts of the next six seasons with the team. He was traded to the Rays in August 2013 and pitched well down the stretch and into the playoffs. He also spent time with the Cubs, Orioles and Angels in the big leagues.
After some injuries, he retired in 2017. Later that year, he became a pro scout for the Twins and has been on that job for the past two years.
In this week's podcast, we talk about his early baseball days, getting drafted and developing in the minor leagues. He talked about being a Rule 5 draft and joining his first big-league spring training, in a clubhouse that included the likes of Lance Berkman, Aaron Boone, Darin Erstad and LaTroy Hawkins.
We also talked about how analytics have come into the game and how its usage has continued to evolve.
Following his career, he transitioned into the world of pro scouting. We talked about his day-to-day work, and how analytics have altered what he does. It was interested to hear what the most difficult part of scouting is, and why he enjoys it so much.
Tune in and get to know Twins pro scout Wesley Wright.
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