Coming off a 2015 campaign in which he posted a 6.04 ERA and walked nearly as many batters as he struck out (3.9 percent K-BB%), Mike Wright found himself slotted in as the Orioles' fourth starter to begin the year. Though he showed improvement in almost every facet of his game, he was still generally terrible and found himself demoted to Triple-A Norfolk by mid-June. The young righty bounced between Triple-A and the major leagues for the remainder of the season, logging nearly identical innings totals between each level. In 74.2 innings with the O's, Wright posted a 5.79 ERA, 15.2 percent strikeout rate and 7.9 percent walk rate. He fared much better at Norfolk, putting together a 3.07 ERA and a lower walk rate (4.6 percent) in 76.1 innings. Wright's first two years in the big leagues paint a bleak picture for his future outlook, as he doesn't figure to be a reliable MLB option anytime soon.
Wright is a candidate to temporarily replace Chris Tillman (shoulder) in the team's rotation to open 2017, SB Nation reports. Initial reports suggest Tillman won't be on the shelf long, but any opportunity is a good one for Wright, who struggled in 2016. The 27-year-old right-hander went 3-4 with a 5.79 ERA in 18 appearances (including 12 starts) during his sophomore season. He'll compete with Tyler Wilson and T.J. McFarland for the vacancy in the Orioles' rotation.
Wright was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Wright has yet to find his groove with the Orioles this season. After pitching in 16 games, 12 of which were starts, he's built a poor 5.89 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. However, he's had better results with Norfolk where he owns an ERA and WHIP of 3.07 and 1.13, respectively.
Wright was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. Wright's latest stint with the big league club was a brief one, lasting just three days. The right-hander will head back to Norfolk with the Orioles in need of outfield depth after Adam Jones suffered a strained hamstring Friday night. Taking Wright's spot on the roster will be Julio Borbon, who comes up from Double-A Bowie. Wright will likely return to Baltimore when rosters expand next month.
Wright was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday. With Chris TIllman landing on the DL with shoulder bursitis Wednesday, the Orioles recalled a pitcher with starting experience in Wright. However, Wright had a difficult stint in the Orioles rotation earlier in the season, notching a 6.22 ERA with a 1.508 WHIP and a 6.5 K/9 across 12 starts. Wright could either join the rotation or Baltimore could plug Ubaldo Jimenez or Tyler Wilson into the rotation while Tillman is on the shelf.
Wright may be a candidate to join the rotation Tuesday, though it appears Tyler Wilson may have a leg up on him, MASN Sports reports. Wright has not been successful at the MLB level this season, but he has a 2.10 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in four minor league starts. However, he allowed six runs -- four earned -- on nine hits in five innings at Triple-A on Thursday. Tyler Wilson did not pitch much better on Friday, which leaves the door open for the possibility that Wright earns the promotion.