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Don Wright paid attention to pitches over four pro seasons

Don Wright 1990 Baseball City Royals card

Appleton Fox Don Wright helped extend his team's lead with a double this game in May 1988, The Appleton Post-Crescent wrote.

Wright explained to The Post-Crescent afterward how he did it: Paying attention to the pitches he was thrown.

"I knew he was going to throw an off-speed pitch," Wright told The Post-Crescent. "I knew that because he had set me up with a pitch before with a fastball inside. I was fortunate to get one of our key hits tonight."

Wright got that hit in his second season as a pro. He went on to see time in two more. He topped out at high-A.

Wright's career began in 1987, taken by the Royals in the 20th round of the draft out of San Jacinto College in Texas.

Wright started with the Royals at short-season Eugene. He saw 63 games and hit .235. He then moved to single-A Appleton for 1988. He saw 135 games and hit .270. He also stole 31 bases. 

He returned to Appleton for 1989. He hit .249 in 124 games. That June, he picked right on a pitch again, resulting in a two-run single, The Post-Crescent wrote.

"He had struck me out twice on curves, and I was looking for something off-speed," Wright told The Post-Crescent. "He threw me the curve again, but I was laying back, waiting for it."

Wright moved up to high-A Baseball City for 1990. He saw just 20 games that year. He hit .250 to end his career.

Don Wright 1990 Baseball City Royals card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,292
Made the Majors:1,392-32.4%
Never Made Majors:2,900-67.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:567
10+ Seasons in the Minors:349

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