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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Skipper Wright saw his biggest attribute as consistency; Played over four seasons, made high-A

Skipper Wright 1990 Durham Bulls card, Wright seen up close

Durham Bulls hurler Skipper Wright knew he was getting older - age 26 in 1990 - but he also knew he turned in solid performances, The Raleigh News and Observer wrote that June.

He just hoped when the organization decided his fate, they took that into account, and not so much his age, he told The News and Observer.

"My biggest attribute is showing the Atlanta front office that I'm a consistent pitcher every year ... all year," Wright told The News and Observer. "A lot of players have a good two-thirds and a bad one-third of the season, but every year I have had good whole seasons."

That season marked Wright's four the pro season. It also marked his last. No matter how well he pitched, he didn't make it higher than high-A.

Wright's career began in 1987, signed by the Braves as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Mississippi. Wright was also credited by his given name, William Wright.

Wright started with the Braves at rookie Idaho Falls. He went 3-6, with a 3.48 ERA in 26 relief outings. He also saved 13.

He moved to single-A Sumter for 1988. He saved 24 there over 45 relief outings. He also turned in a 1.95 ERA and a 8-5 record. Wright saw single-A Burlington in 1989 and saved another 13 over 40 appearances, with a 2.10 ERA.

For 1990, he arrived at high-A Durham. In one June game, Wright ran into some trouble late, but turned to his slider to strike out three and end the game, The News and Observer wrote

"The first pitch is always big but when you know you're going to throw all sliders to a guy ... to me it wasn't much pressure," Wright told The News and Observer afterward. 

Wright went 6-7 for Durham that year, with a 3.16 ERA in 50 outings, one start. He save eight. That season proved his last as a pro.

Skipper Wright 1990 Durham Bulls card, Wright seen up close

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,158
Made the Majors:1,372-33.0%
Never Made Majors:2,786-67.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:557
10+ Seasons in the Minors:339

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