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Minor Matters: Wesley Wright Continues to Shine

August 17, 2011 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Brett Pill is ready for a shot with the San Francisco Giants.
Brett Pill is enjoying a breakout year at Triple-A.

Wesley Wright, who the Astros tried to convert into a starter early last season with poor results, has spent plenty of time with the major league squad over the last four seasons, but in this – the year when it’s all hands on deck for Houston – he’s barely gotten a look at all.

I don’t get it, personally, especially since now that he’s back to relieving almost exclusively, he’s been superb at Triple-A. And it’s not as if Houston’s bullpen has been good. In fact, really the only good things you can say about the Astro bullpen is that it’s been better than their rotation and that it isn’t as bad as the Twins’ pen.

Yet Wright got into just two games earlier this month before he was sent back down when the team needed another starter.

Still just 26, Wright has a chance to be a decent major league reliever judging by how hard he’s been to hit at Triple-A. Check out his BAAs by month this season: .250, .230, .213, .197, .143. Sensing a trend there?

Yet Houston, with nothing to play for except trying to avoid franchise worst futility records, isn’t keeping Wright around long enough to see if his Triple-A improvements will translate into the bigs.

While Aubrey Huff continues to struggle and Brandon Belt teases us with his power potential, but does little else, how about the season first baseman Brett Pill is having at Triple-A Fresno?

A seventh rounder in 2006, Pill had a big year at Double-A in 2009, but in his first taste of Triple-A last year, he wasn’t quite as impressive.

This year, however, Pill is having a real breakout, batting .312 through 119 games with 75 runs, 35 doubles, 24 homers, 101 RBI and an 890 OPS. When he went over the 100 RBI mark Tuesday night, he became just the second player in pro ball to reach the plateau this year.

Yes, he’ll be 27 next month, so isn’t exactly a prospect, but with the Giants desperate for anyone that can hit their way out of a wet paper bag, doesn’t he deserve a look when rosters expand?

The former Cal State Fullerton star has played mostly first base this year, but the organization has experimented with him at second as well, and if he proves capable of manning that position, he’s got a real chance to make the Show and stick.

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